cannot delete file -- cannot read from source file or disk



I have an Icon on my desktop that I "cannot delete file -- cannot read from
source file or disk" The file has no extension. Properties show File Type =
"File" It has 0 bytes. It does not list using a command prompt, and it
won't rename, cut, or delete from destop or windows explorer. Any ideas?


No. And it does not list it using a command prompt. The Icon also appears
somewhat transparent on the desktop. It does list in explorer in the desktop
directory, but can't be changed in any way.

Leonard Grey

Restart in Safe Mode and log on with the computer's built-in
Administrator account. (It has no password.) Right-click on the icon and
select the Security tab. Checkmark the unchecked boxes in the Allow
column. Apply and OK. Now try to delete the icon. Empty the Recycle Bin.
After doing this restart your computer normally.

Do NOT attempt to make any changes to the Administrator account. It is
your lifeline when things go awry.

Wesley Vogel

Cannot delete file Cannot read from the source file or disk

You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume

See: Invalid File Names here...
How to locate and correct disk space problems on NTFS volumes in Windows XP

How to Remove Files with Reserved Names in Windows

How to Remove Files with Reserved Names in Windows XP

Cause 3: File system corruption is preventing access to the file
You may not be able to delete the file if the file system is corrupted. To
resolve this issue, run the Chkdsk utility on the disk volume to correct any

Bad sectors on the disk, other faulty hardware, or software bugs can corrupt
the file system and put files in a problematic state. Typical operations may
fail in a variety of ways. When the file system detects corruption, it logs
an event to the event log and you typically receive a message that prompts
you to run Chkdsk. Depending on the nature of the corruption, Chkdsk may or
may not be able to recover file data; however, Chkdsk returns the file
system to an internally consistent state. For additional information about
using the Chkdsk utility, click the following article numbers to view the
articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Error message: The file or directory is corrupt...

An explanation of the new /C and /I Switches that are available to use with
You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume

Hope this helps. Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User


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