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    Win 98SE. I got myself into a pickle. Last night I copied my favorites to a folder I named burn in order to burn them to a cd as a back up. Roxio had a problem with one file named THE_BORDER REIVERS. I let roxio do what it wanted and it then burned a cd. I then deleted the content of the burn folder. I emptied the recycle bin. But now whenever I empty the recycle bin I get a message saying that file doesn't exist and I should check the path. The burn folder looks empty. I can delete the burn folder but when I try to empty the recycle bin I get the message about the file it can't find and won't delete the folder. Also when I tried to copy that file from my favorites to the burn folder to try to delete it again, I am unable to copy it, move it, delete it or rename it. I am stumped. I tried scan disk and it finds nothing wrong. Does anyone have a solution for me to try? Thanks.
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    Re: deleted file

    When you ran scan disk, did you click Advanced & make sure that it checked for invalid file names & invalid dates & times? If not, try that. Also, see if the response in this link helps.
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    Re: deleted file

    Thanks for the reply Phil. I did what you suggested and also downloaded and ran index.bat but neither helped. I still have the problem.

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    Re: deleted file

    A little more info. I figured maybe my problem was related to the original url file. I wasn't able to move it, delete it, or anything. But I did mangage to move the folder it is in to another folder on the drive. Then I booted to dos, went to that new folder and used del*.* to remove the file. So now the file is gone. I then used rmdir to delete both folders in question and they are both gone too. Unfortunatly the problem is still here. When I try to empty the recycle bin I get the message "cannot delete THE_BORDER REIVERS cannot find the specified file make sure you specify the correct path and filename.

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    Re: deleted file

    I'm afraid I don't know what to do either. It seems that although you've deleted the file, the registry still contains the path to that file. Then when you empty the recycle bin, it can't find the non-existent file. I'm not sure this will help, but what I do from time to time is rebuild the registry by:

    1. Booting to DOS.
    2. typing <code>smartdrv.exe 8196 16</code>
    <enter>
    3. typing <code>scanreg /fix /opt</code>
    <enter>

    Don't know if this will help though.

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    Re: deleted file

    John

    It appears that Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 131702 addresses this exact problem.
    It seems that the underscore in the filename can sometimes confuse the poor little beast.

    Alan

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    Re: deleted file

    Thanks Alan. The answer was so easy I could kick myself. Your link provided the clue I needed. I opened a dos promt in windows. I then went to the recycled folder. (never thought of that) I did a dir command and found a sub directory called dc10 whatever that is. Went to that directory and found a directory named favorites and so on to the last directory. Inside there was my nasty file. I did a delete *.* and that deleted the file. I then went back to windows and deleted an unwanted file. When I emptied the recycle bin it got rid of all the sub directories in question. Thanks Phil for giving it a try.
    John

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    Re: deleted file

    Glad it worked John. I've never been able to figure the weird names of stuff in the recycle bin myself... still, who cares? It's all rubbish <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    Alan

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