Have you ever seen this message “Could not find this item” on your Windows? When deleting a Windows file you may receive the error message “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in …Verify the item’s location and try again.” That means you are deleting an error file. This is a fake file, your Windows shows it there but it is really not there.

Could not find this item message

I had this problem long time ago. There was an audio file in my audio folder which I could not open or delete it. It showed the message above. Yesterday I encountered this problem again but it happened with my friend’s computer. She could not delete her file and she needed me to help her. I think I should have a post about this problem, it may be helpful to you sometimes.

If you have the same problem, you can delete your file by following the steps below. I do it using Windows commands.

Windows Command Prompt

1. Open your Command Prompt window with administrator privileges (if this is new to you, you can use google to know how to open it)

2. Use the cd command to go to the location of the file or folder containing it. On my friend’s computer I use this: cd C:\xdvxcv\Downloads

3. If you do step 2 successfully, type in the command: dir /x. This will list all files and folders in that location. Now you can see the file you want to delete is listed there, in my case IELTS TestBuilder 2 – Audio CDs.rar

4. Use del command to delete it by typing del then the file name. If your file name is too long, you can use the 8.3 filename (a type of short file name in Windows). It is displayed next to the file names which is longer than 8 characters (exclude the dot and file extension). Mine is IELTST~2.RAR so I use del IELTST~2.RAR to delete it.

This works for me. I hope it’s helpful for you too.