How to remove a "ghost" file icon from the Windows Vista Home Premium desktop

  • don3838

    I have a file with a .VOB extension, allegedly of the size .99GB, on my desktop, but I can't get rid of it or do anything with it. It's just stuck there. Is there a painless way to make it go away that doesn't involve digging into the scary areas of Windows where I don't want to go?

  • Answers
  • aqua

    You want to delete the file using the Command Prompt. (It's not scary at all!)

    First open a command prompt window at the Desktop, following the steps here:

    Next you can use the command

    del <FILENAME>.VOB to delete your file. Replace <FILENAME> with the name of your file.


    To see the list of files on your Desktop, just type dir right after you open the command prompt following the first step above.

  • Simon Sheehan

    If you can’t remove the file even from command prompt, do a chkdsk /f .

  • PriceChild

    Is it actually clickable or really a 'ghost'/artifact type thing?

    If its the latter, click and drag the 'real' icon somewhere.

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    Put all your bat and ico files in a production folder then create shortcuts to the individual bat files in your launch folder (i.e. desktop, startmenu).

    Then right click each shortcut and select properties to set icons.