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How do I delete an icon from my desktop when I get an error message that says "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk"?

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Hi Barry,

Right-click on the file icon and in menu select "Open with..". Select Notepad as program to use.. It should return the following error.. "This file does not exist......would you like to create a new one?". Click on "Yes" and you'll get a blank Notepad screen, type some text and then save the data.. You now have a working file with data in it which you can delete.
Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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    Ok Barry,
    it would have been easier to diagnose if you had posted what kind of file icon or shortcut it is, what is says under Properties, anything.. I can't even diagnose whether or not it is a spyware problem from your description. But I shall give you another option.
    Well it's saying that because it's target is no longer there. If you go to the target folder and create a text file and call it the same name as the target and save it as that, it'll have a source that it can recognise, then you'll be able to delete it. If the folder is not there, you'll have to create that too.. just make sure the path in Properties exists.
    If you think it might be a spyware issue, then download and run Spybot, search and destroy, fix selected problems and immunize.
    In future, rate such suggestions as Thanks for Trying instead of Inappropriate. The people spending their time trying to fix your problem need to maintain a rating percentage.

    Good Luck

    Chris (ziraffa)



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