Getting Rid of Pesky Desktop Icons the Old School Way

For the longest time now, there have been a few files on my desktop that I haven’t been able to get rid of with the normal delete or send to Recycle Bin function.  No matter how hard I tried, Windows 7 kept on saying “This file cannot be found. Please try again.” Or something to that effect. I tried everything from renaming, cutting and pasting, to downloading programs that various forums said would help, but all to no avail.

Then my brother had what I would like to call a stroke of sheer genius. “ Why not try using MS-DOS command prompt?”

This was how my desktop looked like. Take note of the two files encircled. They were actually broken files left from incomplete downloads in the past.



I opened up command prompt. It opens up in the directory C:\Users\Allie\>. If you’re trying this now, it will probably be C:\Users\your username\>. Here’s what you do next.

command prompt

1. Type cd desktop to go to the Desktop subdirectory.

2. Type del *.* and you will be prompted with a message “Are you sure (Y/N)?

Note: Type Y only if you want to remove ALL the contents of your desktop (excluding the Recycle Bin). If you only have a file or two to remove, replace “*.*” with ‘”filename.extension”.


After that, close Command Prompt and those stubborn files should be gone from your life forever!

step 3


Who knew that an entire semester of studying nothing else but MS-DOS prompt would actually pay off? Now if this whole architecture thing doesn’t work out, alam ko na ang iraraket ko!


4 Responses to “Getting Rid of Pesky Desktop Icons the Old School Way”

  1. 1 sashalimuy September 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    OMIGOSH! I remember first year HS!!! I have no idea how to use MS-DOS now, ako pa naman highest sa first test (syempre, little facts like that, I remember). Now all I know are DIR and SET and EDIT!

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Allie has seen many a dust bunny in her lifetime, most of them in her dorm room. She is often mistaken as a 13-year old, further intensified by her weird fashion choices that mostly involve cutesy patootsie rings, colorful knee high socks, and ribbons and bows in her hair. She dreams of waking up one day and finding herself as a character in Star Wars. Preferably a jedi. With a purple lightsaber.

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