Windows 10: Delete undeletable file that does not exist

Discus and support Delete undeletable file that does not exist in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I spent hours trying to sort his out. I found the answer here:... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by aegiswiz, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. aegiswiz Win User

    Delete undeletable file that does not exist


    I spent hours trying to sort his out. I found the answer here: https://social.technet.microsoft.co...-could-not-find-this-item?forum=winserver8gen. Special thanks to Razya73 https://social.technet.microsoft.com/profile/rayza73/?ws=usercard-mini.

    Unfortunately it took me another 4 hours and 15 more pages before I could make sense of it. When I finally did, I wrote it down for myself. To save anyone else 4+ hours on this problem I also posted it in my pcloud public folder. Much like OneDrive or Google Drive. The short link is http://bit.ly/DELmagic. Please give any thanks to Razya73. Probably not his fault I didn't get it until several other sites and other people explained it. Frankly, I don't know why it worked when everything else didn't.

    `del "\\?\xyz "` where xyz is the drive:\directory\filename.

    Maybe someone could explain what "\\?\" does that is so magic?

    :)
     
    aegiswiz, Feb 16, 2021
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  2. undeleting files

    How do I undelete a file I just deleted?
     
    DaveMeglio, Feb 16, 2021
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  3. Easo Win User
    Deleted Media

    file undeleters, like one on tuneup utilities. But if something was written to disk after deletion, data probably are gone.
     
  4. dalchina Win User

    Delete undeletable file that does not exist

    Cannot delete Windows Apps files

    Suggested options for undeletable items:
    1. Delete when Windows is not running
    a. from a command prompt via SHIFT + left click Restart and navigate to a command prompt
    - if you are very confident in using it.
    b. boot your system from a boot disk such as Kyhi's availabel from the top of the Software and Apps section. Familiar file explorer

    2. Use a 3rd party utility which can be set to delete on reboot (outside Windows).
    e.g.
    EMCO Moveonboot
    Fileassassin (files only)

    Note: radical steps to remove all those saves relatively little space.
    Much safer to use the tutorials here to remove unwanted apps using Powershell.
     
    dalchina, Feb 16, 2021
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