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Unable to delete 0 byte file.

I was playing with batch files and accidentaly created a 0 byte, no extention file.

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I googled the problem and I found out that closing explorer.exe and deleting the file via command would help. Tried that. It didn't help. Any software that could do it? Any other suggestions?

Thanks for your help in advance :)

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Honestly, if its doing no harm to the laptop, you should probably just leave it.

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It's taking up space on my desktop. I need that space :(

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I would suggest using an administrative login to examine the file permissions. You need to open up the permissions and try the delete again afterwards. Windows file system permissions can make you want to resort to violence at times. Use of cygwin can help sometimes when all else fails.

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If its just taking up space on the desktop, you can set the file to be hidden so you cannot see it unless you have view hidden files enabled. also what is this File Unlocker thing mentioned in the file description?

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@professorc I doubt changing the permissions would do anything. Cygwin on the other hand might. I'll try that. Thanx for your help.

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As I stated earlier.... Windows file system permissions can make you want to resort to violence at times. Use of cygwin can help sometimes when all else fails.

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Create a new profile in Windows with admin privileges.

Log out of the current profile.

Log into the new one.

Use explorer to go to your other profiles desktop location.

Manually delete that file.

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Thanks for your answer but explorer.exe simply does not see the file as... a file. Creating a new account would probably do thesame as killing explorer.exe and deleting the file via cmd which did not help as I said in the question. Thanks anyway.

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From the new profile open a new profile, open a command prompt with administrator privileages, and then use command prompt to navigate to where the 9 file is. Then "rmdir /s <file name> or del <file name>.

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Did you try making a folder, then put the problem file/folder in that, then try to delete it ?

It looks like a website url, sometimes you have to re create a folder or finish creating it to delete it. Go to that website, save the url and save it in the same place as that 0 byte file, it should ask you to replace the one you have. Just say yes, then try to delete it.

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Thanks for answering. I did try to put it in a folder or refresh the desktop but the file was not 'there'. Kind of like the file did not exist, only the icon.

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