Posted on March 13, 2011 in Windows Category
If you can't delete files from desktop, this tip will learn you how to delete files forced from your desktop with some tricks, if they won't delete using the normal way. These steps are the same in Windows XP/Vista/7 using Command Prompt and Task Manager and some MS-DOS old commands.
First of all we need to access Command Prompt (cmd.exe) as Administrator to have the full rights to delete the file. You can find more details about Command Prompt here.
Go to Start and type in the Search Bar - "cmd", right click on the item found (cmd.exe) and select Run as Administrator or press Windows Key + R (Run) and type cmd.exe.
The default path for Administrator is C:/Windows/system32. We need to access the Desktop Path (C:/Users/Your_Windows_Account/Desktop. How do we will get there?
Use these commands:
Note: If you can't delete files from Desktop with Command Prompt, you need to run Task Manager, end/close explorer.exe process and you can try deleting the file again.
What about if you can't delete files from desktop with a long name and has space between words?
For example your will have a file named "Extreme Design Studio.exe". How you will delete this file? When you will try to delete files from desktop like this using Command Prompt, you will receive a message like this: "Could Not Find Specified File"
So, remember the old MS-DOS ? When you type the dir command all the long names will be displayed only with the first 6 characters followed by ~1 and file extension. For example we have the file "123456789.exe". MS-DOS will read the file like this "123456~1".
In this case you will write "del extrem~1.exe /f /q" and the file will be deleted.
Corrupted files may cause High CPU Usage on the Process explorer.exe and this will lead to Windows Malfunction. If you will notify that your system is running slowly, the explorer.exe process is using CPU between 90% and 100% for nothing, so what to do? What is the reason of this?
Most of all cases there are Corrupted Media Files with No Size (Zero KB) - (avi, flv, etc). The system will try to read meta data from these files, and this cycle will repeat again and again (infinitely), so you will have a High CPU Usage because of this.
A Virus / Spyware / Malware. Those will reduce your computer performance. Try using an Anti-Spyware Software to remove them from your computer.