How to delete 0KB files in Fonts folder

Tried to delete a copy fonts from a C:\windows\Fonts folder.  Now they are listed as a 0Kb file.  When I try to delete them again, I get "Cannot delete file. Cannot read from the source file or disk".

When I try to reinstall them, it states I have to delete old fonts first.

I have copied all fonts to another folder but can not delete the orginal Font folder since it is a system folder.

How do I get these 0Kb files deleted?
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You can try deleting it or the folder that contains it from command prompt. You may need to rename the folder if you are having problems, then delete it.
famiitAuthor Commented:
I can not delete the Font Folder since it is a system folder.  Would I be able to delete it under SafeMode command prompt?
Hmm, did you try renaming the 0kb file or try deleting it from cmd prompt?
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famiitAuthor Commented:
not able to rename.  not able to delete from CMD.  When I launch a remote explorer or cmd, the files are not listed.  If I look at the actual PC, you can see the 0kb files.  After som additional web searching, it looks like the user deleted some Arial TTF files that are part of the Default XP font set.  I have not had time today, but was going to try and expand them off the XP CD to the font folder.  Interestingly, if I deleted another font, it also listed it as a 0kb.  The user does have Admin rights to the folder.

So tomorrow, I plan to 1: boot to command and try the delete fonts, 2: try expanding from XP CD.....unless there any better ideas.  :)


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Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead Network EngineerCommented:
this isn't a problem of needing to delete them. the problem is the system leaves file hooks on the files so they ARE deleted, however the system will not update this info until all files hooks are removed.  you can do this by rebooting or by manually removing the file hooks by utility or command line.  Just reboot, it's easiest.
famiitAuthor Commented:
expanded from CD
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