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Why do I get a message saying "File not found" when it is sitting right on my desktop?

I get a "file not found" message when I try to drag and drop a file to the trash. I've tried right-clicking and deleting; going through My Computer; and resaving the file on top of it; renaming it, all to no avail.  I don't want the file anymore and it's bugging me that it is still on my desktop. Please help me delete the file.
 File Not Found File that apparently does not exist
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Steelers4lifeCommented:
You could try to go into safe mode to remove the file in question. I would also try to go to a command prompt and delete via that.


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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Or it is proving to be that stubborn unlocker or the File Assassin tool from Malwarebytes
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Dave4125Commented:
The command prompt is how you'll need to delete it. I would also bet there is a space character at the end of the filename. In the delete command, format it this way: del "\\?\C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\desktop\quiz 4 (photosynthesis and mitosis) ". You may need to replace the %username% variable with the actual username.
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kpolacekAuthor Commented:
Dave 4125: I tried multiple times (mostly to be sure I'm typing correctly" using the command line:
 commandboth with and without a space at the end of the line (after parenthesis) to no avail.  Should I have put something else for the question mark? Is my syntax wrong?

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arnoldCommented:
Can you rename the file to something like(craptodelete) and see if that helps?
The combination of the parenthesis and the square brakets, might be an issue
or use
del "c:\users\<yourusername>\desktop\quiz*.*" and see what happens
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Have you tried to navigate to your desktop folder (using Windows Explorer or My Computer)  and remove it from there?

What OS? I think from the screen print you will find it in the C:\Users\CESaME\....... as I think you are running Windows Vista or higher.  The C:\Documnets and Settings.....  was the method used in XP an below.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
You beat me to it arnold.    :)  
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Yes, if you're using the command line in XP you'll need:
Del C:\Documents and Settings\CESaME\Desktop\quiz 4 (photosynthesis and mitosis)

Or better still if there are no other files called "quiz" on your desktop:
Del C:\Documents and Settings\CESaME\Desktop\quiz*.*

In Vista though try
Del %UserProfile%\Desktop\quiz*.*
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
MASQUERSAID's message about using the ...*.* would cover the issue of an extension which I don't see in the command line version you show. Also, on the command line you need to put the entire path in quotes to allow for the spaces.  
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kpolacekAuthor Commented:
Yes, it's in Vista.
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kpolacekAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have tried to rename the file, I get File Not Found

Yes, I have tried navigating to My Computer but get File Not Found.
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