I've read about deleting files which "do not exist"

and got as far as del /q /s filename in command prompt.

However, the file is named COM^sv3.O[e in the browser.

but when i type in dir it = enter image description here

Of which there are charaters I cant even type. Even copying from teh command prompt, as is. It still "cannot find" the file.

Any ideas on how to delete?


That backspace character can be a problem. Use the UNC path. Switch to the directory where the file is stored, then use this command:

del \\?\%cd%\COM^sv?3.0[e

Of course this is assuming that the filename shown in your screenshot is complete. If not, then just reduce it to del \\?\%cd%\COM*

Also, did you try simply deleting the file in Explorer?

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  • Thank you! I had a similar issue and had to remove a directory called abc (trailing space). You cand do that with rmdir "\\?\c:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop\abc " – Johan Lundberg Jan 20 '15 at 11:02

Use this command to see all files and directories starting with "COM":

dir /a COM*

If there is only the problematic file, try to delete it using:

del COM*

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  • If i type del COM* it lists the file, then "cannot find" it K:\myfolder>del COM* K:\myfolder\COM^sv⌂3.O[e The system cannot find the file specified. – IAmGroot Nov 27 '13 at 11:15
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    Have you checked for filesystem errors? do a checkdsk /f c: – Aleix Mercader Nov 27 '13 at 11:48
  • Could that be a link ? – mveroone Nov 27 '13 at 12:21
  • You could try getting the short file name (8.3 characters, something like COMSV3~1) of the file with dir /x COM*, then del (short name) – Aleix Mercader Nov 28 '13 at 10:59

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