Somehow a file ended up on the personal desktop of my Windows 7 machine that does not actually exist. I recognize the title as part of a Reddit post, but I don’t know how it ended up on my desktop. The file is listed when using the
dir command, but it has 0 bytes and cannot be renamed or deleted through normal means. I get a “File does not exist” or “Could not find this item” in every method I’ve tried.
Windows Error Dialog on delete attempt
I have tried everything I can think of.
- Rebooting my computer and hard shutdown, file is still there when booted back up
- Deleting/Renaming the file using the standard right click menu
- Command Prompt to delete/rename the file
- Administrator command prompt to delete/rename the file
explorer.exein the task menu, then using the administrator command prompt to delete/rename the file
fsutil file createnew <file> 0on the same file name, created a second file I could delete but the original is still there.
I am completely out of ideas.