error message when trying to delete / win xp

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by sisterpete, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. sisterpete

    sisterpete Guest

    running win xp home. trying to delete some folders and files in windows explorer. i get this error message when i try to delete a particular file. i go i to the folder and look, but can't find anything... just like the error says... there's nothing there by that name.

    i have deleted everything in the folder except one file, a word file with a totally different name


    i cannot delete it. when i select it and hit the delete button, nothing happens. i right click on it, but all of the regular right click options are not there.. no cut, copy paste, no delete...

    one option that is there is open, so i open it.... word opens up, but there is no document that opens... just the blank gray screen in word.

    i don't get it. these folders were copied over to this notebook as a quick backup from our main pc which is running win xp pro.

    any ideas???

    here is the error message.

    cannot delete 112920~1.doc: cannot find the specified file.
    make sure you specify the correct path and file name.

    i have dozens of these folders that are doing this, all of them have different files in them, but the symptoms are the same.
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    See how this goes>

    Open note pad/file/open. Navigate to the folder/file, highlight it & try deleting it.
  3. lechtard

    lechtard Guest

    View hidden files - then try to delete it that way,, if that don't work, go into safe mode as administrator and delete it that way.
  4. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    Open a command window, navigate to the folder and try this command

    DEL \\.\112920~1.doc

    This syntax bypasses the typical reserve-word check. The problem in the case of this file maybe that it has somehow got a not standard filename.