Windows 7 Could Not Find This Item – How to Resolve

Posted by Mayank on June 20, 2012 in How To,Windows

Users of Windows 7 might find this annoying error every now and then – when you try to rename or delete a file or a folder, you will notice that the file or folder is still there (and with the same name in case you were trying a rename). Unable to believe yourself, you try to perform the same action again and you receive this error “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in xxx. Verify the item’s location and try again.” This very error means that your last action (delete or rename) was successful, but the file was still showing up.

To ensure that this is the case, When you delete a file in windows explorer and it still shows there – You can switch to a different directory and come back – you will find the file disappeared or with the new name. Similar result can also be obtained by hitting F5 key or do a right click and hit Refresh. How can Windows explorer be configured so that deleted files disappear there immediately?

For demo purpose, I tried to delete Angry Birds Excel file on my Desktop (if you’d like to play Angry Birds Excel on your PC – you can get it here for Free). I performed the delete, but found the file still sitting there. When I tried to delete it again, I got the error as shown in the picture above.

When I tried to Google for a solution, I found several people asking this question, but none of them had good answers. Many of them even suggested that you reinstall the OS! Even funnier was the fact that at the Microsoft forum (, the so called experts were also struggling to answer how to resolve this issue of deleted files still show in Windows 7. You can google the same yourself and find one idiotic solution after another!

After a bit of research, I found the simple solution to resolve this issue of Windows 7 Could not find this item. All you need to do is:

Go to Start -> Computer -> Organize.

From the drop down, select Folder and search options.

In the View tab of the Folders Options, click the Reset Folders button.

Windows 7 Could Not Find This Item


And that is it! Yes, that is it!

Try to delete and file or folder – you will not come across a situation where the deleted file still shows up in Windows 7.

Try and rename a file or a folder – you will not come across a situation where the original file still shows up in Windows 7.

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