I downloaded a zipped program to take care of an USB disk problem, and I decided to unzip it into the Program Files folder. So I cut the zip from my Downloads folder and pasted it into Program Files, where it's nowhere to be seen.

The options for hiding system files is disabled, the one for seeing hidden files is enabled.

If I try pasting the file again, Windows tells me it's already there and asks me if I want to overwrite it, problem is I still can't see it, not even to delete it before unpacking it somewhere else.

What's happening, and how do I remove that file?

  • show hidden files to see if it's there. anyway why do you put files in Program Files folder? Only installed programs should be there – phuclv Jun 17 '17 at 10:32
  • @LưuVĩnhPhúc it is a standalone program, I figured out it was good to put it where the other programs are. – Zachiel Jun 17 '17 at 10:38

When weird things appen best is to use the windows shell.

ctrl + r, type cmd and run as an Administrator.

cd into your directory

cd C:\Program Files

and delete the lost file

del *.zip
  • O.o Impossibile trovare C:\Program Files*.zip (for all you non-Italian speakers: file not found) – Zachiel Jun 19 '17 at 17:15
  • Can you dir *.Zip ? – Federico Galli Jun 19 '17 at 17:18
  • Yes and it finds nothing. – Zachiel Jun 19 '17 at 17:24

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