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I've got a problem with some of my folders on this PC. At one point I had two folders with exactly the same name too. When I try to delete them I get some odd errors like:

Could not find this item. This item is no longer located in C:/path. Verify the items location and try again.

What is causing this and how do I fix it?

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It can be deleted via command prompt.

  • Open cmd with administrator privileges.
  • navigate to the location via cd command.
  • List directories with dir command.
  • Find the object to delete and issue del command.

Visual guide at youtube.

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I tried this but received a message saying that the directory could not be found when deleting the folder. –  Braineeee Nov 8 '13 at 17:19

What I have found is Windows 7 will not refresh the view correctly or frequently enough. I've gotten the same error before, but mostly on network folders. Now when I delete something, if I still see the folder or item, I will refresh the view by pressing F5.

Some have said resetting the folder views will resolve this;

  1. Open Explorer
  2. Click Organize
  3. Choose Folder and search options
  4. Select the View tab
  5. Click Reset Folders at the top.
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That button is light grey, it won't work. Why is it doing that? –  Braineeee Nov 8 '13 at 17:19
    
Do you have full administrative privileges on this PC? –  CharlieRB Nov 8 '13 at 17:56
    
Yes, yes I do. I don't know whats wrong. –  Braineeee Nov 9 '13 at 23:37
    
You could use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files. Or try a repair install of Windows. –  CharlieRB Nov 11 '13 at 1:30

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