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Subject: stubborn file will not delete
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:56 AM ET
Member Since: 3/22/2008
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any computer wizards want to take a guess as to why an empty folder on my desktop will not go away and stay away? I delete this sucker about 10 times a day...more often if I have my windows media player open. I created a folder on my desktop to put some files i found on Robert Jordan. But then I never put anything in there so I deleted it. Threw it in the recycyle bin...but for over a year it keeps coming back and back and back and .....the computer store in  my area has no idea why it won;t go away. I put something in it and then tried deleting it...it came back...I went to right click...properties and went to the c drive where this sucker supposedly lives and deleted it...it came back.....and back and ....can anyone help me get rid of this stupid empty never used folder that I am so sorry I created?????

deborah

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 8:52 AM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2007
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i don't know as i might need a bit more info, but try right clicking on the folder and bringing up the properties. once there, try checking the read-only and hidden tick boxes and try deleting it that way. if it comes back, try unchecking both boxes. i had a stubborn file once like that but it wouldn't even let me delete it, so that's what i did and it never came back. hope it helps!

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 4:17 AM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2008
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Go to the microsoft newsgroups and community help forums.  They're really useful, and usually pretty quick to respond.  You will have to be more specific, though.  You'll need to tell everyone what OS you are using, and if there is anything specific that causes the folder to appear. 

If turn on your computer, delete the folder, and then do nothing, will it re-appear?  Is there any one program you are in that makes it appear?  If it just appears with you doing nothing, does it appear after a specfic period of time?  You'll have to provide a bit more information if you expect someone who has never seen your computer to be able to help you.

Subject: An All Users Desktop folder?
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2008
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The folder may actually be in the Documents and Settings/All Users/Desktop directory on your C: drive. That would explain the behavior that you described.

Use Windows Explorer to navigate to that path, see if the folder is there, then try deleting it from that folder. The All Users area is used to deploy items to all users of the computer (and not let them delete them!).

It's a feature. Not a bug.

Good luck!