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Every operating system contains errors. One of the more common errors found within Windows OS's is the "item not found" or the "file not found" error. The error typically shows itself when a user tries to delete a file only to find it cannot be deleted when prompted with the following error message: "Could Not Find This Item: This Is No Longer Location in {insert_directory_here}. Verify the item's location and try again."

Well, for those of you who want to delete the file without verifying the item location, below is a quick video tutorial showing you how to delete the item in question. 

Item Not Found Windows Error Prompt


Before you get to the video, you will need to understand a bit about the Windows CMD. To access Windows CMD, click the Start, open Run... Once the Run... prompt opens, enter CMD into the data field. Click OK. As you might have guessed, CMD stands for command. The Windows CMD interface is akin to the Linux Command Line Interface. 

Once the CMD dialogue opens, you will need to understand the following commands. 

1. cd changes the active working directory within CMD.

2. /d is the directory command within CMD. It alerts CMD to the directory of change.

3. dir allows users to view the available files and directories within the current directory. It allows for a list to populate.

4. /x displays the short names of generated file names. Think of the /x command as a list of abbreviated file names.

5. rmdir is the remove directory command. It removes active directories within Windows. Use this command with caution.

6. /q runs the rmdir command in quiet mode. It acts to delete directories without prompted confirmation.

7. /s removes specified directories and every subdirectory held within. The /s command will also remove any and all files held within the specified directory. Much like the rmdir command, use /s with caution.

Those are all the commands you will need to understand to complete this operation. As such, watch the video below and delete any unwanted item.




While this tutorial applies to Windows 7, the basic CMD commands and instructional steps will apply to previous versions of Windows.  

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