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To create a blank virtual disk file using the file explorer context menu > New > Hard Disk Image File

Q: To create a blank virtual disk file using the file explorer context menu > New > Hard Disk Image File

I just have to empty a SD card; compressing its contents to a 7zip-file takes too much time, and if I have to access the files quickly, I prefer to use a mountable filetype. Thus the requirement to quickly create a VHDX-file, then mount it using the context
Tested using Windows 8.1 without Hyper-V-Role installed.
First, you need to create an empty vhdx-File as a template.
You already have to specify the maximum size this vhdx is allowed to expand to, in my case 255 GiB (255 GiB × 1024 MiB/GiB = 261120 MiB). This can be placed in either your user profile or shared for all users:

Current User: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\All Users: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\
To create the template:
1. Start an elevated command prompt
2. Run diskpart.exe
3. Enter the following commands:
create vdisk file=C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\Virtual-Hard-Disk.vhdx type=expandable maximum=261120
attach vdisk
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs label="Blank Virtual Disk" quick
assign letter=z
detach vdisk
4. Once the template is in place, just run this command:
reg.exe add HKCR\.vhdx\Windows.VhdFile\ShellNew /f /v FileName /t REG_SZ /d Virtual-Hard-Disk.vhdx
Now you just have to right-click in any file explorer window, also on remote network shares, select New > Hard Disk Image File and rename the file as you wish!


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Preferred Solution: To create a blank virtual disk file using the file explorer context menu > New > Hard Disk Image File

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Hi everyone,

I used to use the '' context menu > new '' to create for example new textfiles for open office because its shorter as going through start/programmes .... . I recently had to reinstall openoffice and now only the entries for new presentations and drawings is there, no textdocument ... how can I modify the entries there?



A:Context Menu - Create new file problem

Control Panel >> Folder Options >> File Types (tab) >>
scroll down to the specific file type (type first letter for a shortcut) >> Advanced >> New
Type the Application and browse to find the program.
Need to find the open office app that opens a txt file

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I don't know how but but somehow the various filetypes have disappeared from my context-menu. So when I hit right-click somewhere, the only thing I can create is a folder, a .txt, .rtf, or other wordpad document. How can I restore the other things there like openoffice files and all the things that should be there?

I'm running WinXP SP3.

Thank you.

A:Restore Context Menu: Create - file types

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Hi all,

Since many years we are using custom BMP files as icon for one of our programs. That has always worked correctly, until Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012) came. When we create the shortcut on our desktop and we browse to the network location where the BMP
file is and we click ok, we see the icon correctly in the "preview", but as soon as I click OK twice and I go back to the desktop, the shortcut is white, with no icon.

But when I place the BMP file on the local drive and I browse to it, it displays correctly in the previewer AND on the desktop.
This behaviour occurs on both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Who knows how to resolve this?

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Okay, so I decided to get Far Cry 3, not knowing I got the lame Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon instead of the main one with Vaas as the game's cover art.

I then decided to uninstall the game from my computer, I uninstalled it and then assumed it was gone until recently I got the official Far Cry 3 and did a search in my start menu typing "Far Cry 3" then I got a surviving .exe application of "Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon", alas! The crazy blood dragon version wasn't gone, I was like "what?"

So I thought it was the kind of apps that tries to test your geek skills, then I decided to Forcefully uninstall it again with a third-party uninstaller, iOBit's uninstaller to be precise and deleted all its registry entries.

Seemed like it was gone after I did that, then I got curious and searched again, and still found it there, the weirdest part of it all is, I can't even right click on it to view its properties and stuff, nothing happens everytime I right-click on it in the start menu search results and when I do a search on my disk.

Not being able to right click the file doesn't even give me the option of knowing the exact location of the file, I click/double-click/right-click on it normally, nothing happens!

Please help me, LOL, not like the file has caused any harm on my computer, I just don't want to see it in my start menu's search results and Local Disk search results anymore. It has the default application icon so it has to be a .exe file. I t... Read more

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when i right click on mozilla on my desktop to choose open
i see its missing from there
also when i right click on .mp3 files the option " Enqueue in Winamp" is also missing
i have selected enqueue option in winamp preferences
i just dont remeber when did this problem started
i tried system restore but didnt help
please help
i attached pics of the problem
help will be appreciated please


A:right clicking on exe file or link file some context menu missing

please help guys..........

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Windows 10 File Explorer has a arrow at the bottom to scroll the menu, how can the menu be scrolled in the old "normal" fashion?

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Has anyone else found right-clicking in the file-list in Windows 8 File Explorer confusing? Despite the file under the cursor clearly highlighted, the right-click context menu is for the containing folder - but a left-click at the same spot will select the highlighted file. It works as expected if you right-click on the text, but not if you right-click in the highlighted row.

I've written up a description and set of screenshots here to show the problem:

anon31522: Confusing context menu in Windows 8.1 File Explorer

I can't remember if this was how it worked in 8.0, but I think they've got this wrong.

Unless I have some flag set somewhere or something....? Don't think so.


A:Confusing context menu in Windows 8.1 File Explorer

my 8.1 is the same ,and I would assume it because they don't want you to cut the download folder from the list .

if my take on what you are saying is correct, i will say this ,the download or picture or documents folder in the list is not reoffered to as a file ,its a Folder [shortcut of sorts]to the original folder in you user folder in the root of C:\,that is why it will not show the cut option,

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Like shown below

I Could not find an option for it here
Windows Explorer Toolbar Buttons - Customize

Nor does Explorer Toolbar Editor have this option

A:How to add New file context menu to windows 7 explorer-toolbar

This may work doing it by hand.
Add a 'New File' button similar to the 'New Folder Button' (Windows 7) - Super User

Add a Custom Command Button to the Windows 7 Explorer Toolbar
But I recommend backing up the Registry first. If Restore Points don't work well on your system this utility is good for Registry backup. It is freeware:
Registry Backup

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Im using a 32bit mass file renaming tool called "rename-it!" (http://sourceforge.net/projects/renameit/), have had no problems using it on W7 x86.
However, on x64 the explorer context menu is missing.

In a similar situation (with another program) under WinXP x86 I recall being able to edit entries per file extension in the registry, so I was wondering if there is a place in the W7 x64 registry where I could "fix" the association with rename-it with some tinkering..?
The idea is that it should pop up in the context menu in explorer, no matter what file type (and how many files) are selected.

Any ideas?

A:w7x64: explorer context menu: entry for all file types?

Quote: Originally Posted by wahnsinn

Im using a 32bit mass file renaming tool called "rename-it!" (Rename-It! | Free System Administration software downloads at SourceForge.net), have had no problems using it on W7 x86.
However, on x64 the explorer context menu is missing.

In a similar situation (with another program) under WinXP x86 I recall being able to edit entries per file extension in the registry, so I was wondering if there is a place in the W7 x64 registry where I could "fix" the association with rename-it with some tinkering..?
The idea is that it should pop up in the context menu in explorer, no matter what file type (and how many files) are selected.

Any ideas?

I have the same identical problem.
I found more informations about Explorer context menu here: Rename-It! by Beroux.com - Should I Remove It?

Context Menu Handler

SimpleExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Rename-It!' with a class of {A64BBF5F-1250-4083-924C-B79661B75AAE}.

Ok but...how to modify the W7 x64 registry to show the Explorer context menu for any number and extension of files selected ?

Thanks to all

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My Windows 7 64-bit Explorer.exe restarts when I right click on folders or files, and displays the following details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BEX64
Application Name: explorer.exe
Application Version: 6.1.7601.17567
Application Timestamp: 4d672ee4
Fault Module Name: StackHash_56f5
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Offset: 0000000000000010
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Data: 0000000000000008
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: 56f5
Additional Information 2: 56f50057683cdbfd654c11c2adb3bbee
Additional Information 3: 11e5
Additional Information 4: 11e55f3ceaa742af752d4088e4931316

To be clear, this occurs when right-clicking or pressing the context menu key on files and folders only. It does not display an issue when right-clicking on the desktop or the recycle bin, or the taskbar even. Right-clicking in programs like Firefox shows no problem either. It is only on folders or files.

The only recent software addition I made was to add Lightning to the Mozilla Thunderbird Application, but this is not showing signs of a problem either.

I've run ShellMenuView, and see that a couple of items here have the File Name item as "%1" - which seems a little odd. Does this mean they are bad links and I should remove or disable them? For example:

Menu: runas
Extensions: .exe
Menu Key: runas
File Ty... Read more

A:Explorer.exe restarting on File or Folder Context Menu - BEX64

Perhaps you can try an SFC Scan

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Hey, basically i'm looking for information on how to edit the context menu's in vista, i used to be able to do this in XP using folder options->file types... but thats gone in vista?
Is there an alternative?
or could anyone point me towards the registry keys which need editing?

i'm sure a search would have found me this info (google) but to be honest i didn't know what to search for, i did try context+menu+vista and only came up with useless answers...

Cheers for anyone who can help me =]


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Hi, please can you help?

I have a 250Gb Seagate Barracuda ATA internal hard drive which is mounted in a Safecom usb/firewire external caddy. It has 2 partitions; a 15Gb FAT32 drive and the rest divided into 2 logical NTFS drives of 160Gb and 60Gb.

I have only had the disk a couple of months. Shortly after I purchased the disk I had a power failure whilst scan disk was running on one of the NTFS drives. Upon reboot XP did not recognise the NTFS drives reporting that the file system was corrupt, the FAT32 drive was fine and accessible.

I managed to recover all my files (mostly mp3s and movie files) from both NTFS drives using GetDataBack, reformatted the disk, replaced the partitions for good measure and reinstalled my backup.

Since then I haven't really had cause to use the disk so it has remained switched off but today I needed to transfer some files across for backup purposes. Having done this I then did a bit of housekeeping; deleted a few files and moved a few folders around on the disk. Then explorer crashed and after I managed to recover from the explorer crash I found that the NTFS partitions were once again inaccessible in XP. XP reporting that the file system is corrupt once again. Once again the FAT32 drive is accessible.

I am currently running GetDataBack again, and it looks likely that it might find all the files again (I hope). I originally purchased the disk to backup my main hard drive which I needed to perform a clean install on, this has been done.... Read more

A:hard disk file system corrupt and disk not accessible

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Published methods exist for adding an ?Open with Notepad? command to the Windows right-click Context Menu for All Files
* by 'laminterious' on 07 May 2008 at

* by Lowell Heddings on 22 November 2016 at

However, when browsing the content of a compressed file (for example, a *.zip file), a different right-click Context Menu is generated in Windows 8.1 that contains fewer options, and does not refer to any customised key added at

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Open with Notepad\command
There are numerous other extensions and file-types listed directly under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\, including ".zip" and "CompressedFolder", but adding relevant values under shell\Open with Notepad\command subkeys within those keys doesn't seem
to affect the Context Menu when browsing inside the archived files (they only seem to have an effect when clicking on the zip file itself,
not its contents). 

Is there another place or method for adding the relevant custom commands to the registry?


P.S.  A related request, to "Edit executable file, instead of run, in Compressed Folder Tools", was made by Jeff Dege on 01 March 2016 at

https://superuser.com/questions/1047330/edit-executable-file-instead-of-run-in-compressed-folder-... Read more

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Hi Shawn, is there a way to remove "Create Shortcut" from the right-click context menu on a file/folder?

A:Remove "Create Shortcut" from file and folder context menu?

Editing of the language file should work.

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I have been playing around with VM VirtualBox. When I go to make a new OS install it asks me to choose Hard Drive File Type.

VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk)
VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)
HDD (Parallels Hard Disk)
QED (QEMU enchanced diak)
QCOW (QEMU Copy-On-Write)

I have googled and looked around a lot and in doing so in most things people have different as to what each is used/should be used for.

Just looking for some input as to what the differences between each of these, and witch is best to use.
*Note I am trying out different Linux Distros
and others



A:Differences in Virtual Disk file types

VDI is the native file type for VirtualBox and would be preferred unless you have a specific reason to do otherwise. The others are provided primarily for compatibility with other virtualization systems.

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When i power On Vmware Windows 7
The file specified is not a virtual disk.
I get this error The file specified is not a virtual disk.
Please help me to solve this issue bcz in this Vm my passwrds are save.
Help me how to resolve this issue.

A:Windows 7 Vmware The file specified is not a virtual disk.

1 - save a copy of your Virtual Disk to another location (as a backup)
2 - reinstall VMWare and see if you can load the old virtual disk
3 - if not, then try to create a new VM w/a copy of the virtual disk.

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Instead of the built-in Disk Image burner, I use Imgburn because it has lots of options/settings and that's what I Need.

Unfortunately I can't remove Windows' "Burn Disk Image" from the context menu. Can't find the entry in shellexview.
Want to keep my context menu clean. Who knows how to remove this?

A:Remove 'Burn disk Image' from context menu

Open RegEdit. Context menu programs are located in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers


Edit: Maybe a better alternative is download and install ShellMenuView. Works well with Seven even the website says it's for Win 2000 and XP.

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Basically the title. Almost every single time i move ANY file or delete any file, the window im in freezes and the progress bar freezes. Now when i create a new folder the window im in freezes also, but i'd say its only 50% of the time. The temporary solution i found was to go to the task bar, end explorer, and restart it using run. Now when i check back on that folder, whatever action I did (ie delete file) does do what i wanted, its just the freezing. I'm looking for a permanent solution to this and any insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Create New folder, move file, delete file. Explorer Freeze

Hi erod49, try looking in your error logs. You have given a good discription of the problem. Tel us your system specs as well.

To get into your error logs,

Left Click on Start Menu.
Right click on Computer and choose manage.
Click on the event viewer.
You now have loads of options to try and pin down what is happening.
Expand the error tab.
Look for things in the last 24 hours.

Other things to look for are updates, has an update caused this. Has your computer autoupdated any of the motherboard drivers.
Have you tried to restore the computer before the error started or has it always been like that.

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Hello 7,

This is how to create shortcuts for the Advanced Disk Cleanup feature. I keep mine in my Start Menu
These shortcuts do not require batch files or command window, and they execute immediately. Just follow the steps below!

NOTE: You MUST be logged in as an administrator to complete this tutorial.

Advanced System Cleanup: Configure Options Shortcut

1. Right click on the desktop and select New/Shortcut
2. Insert this for the location
C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /sagesetup
NOTE: You MUST leave a space between 'cleanmgr.exe' and '/sagesetup' or this shortcut will not work.

3. Press Next

4. Name the shortcut anything you wish
5. Click Finish
You should have a shortcut that looks like this

6. Right click on the shortcut and select 'Properties'

7. Customize the "hover" text by filling in the 'Comment' field.
8. Click the 'Advanced' button9. Select the option for 'Run as administrator'
The shortcut is complete. Now when you double click it you will have a options dialog for configuring all of the advanced cleanup features.

Advanced System Cleanup: Run Cleanup Shortcut

To create this shortcut follow the same steps as mentioned above, but change the 'Location' to

C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe /sagerun
NOTE: You MUST leave a space between 'cleanmgr.exe' and '/sagerun' or this shortcut will not work.

Here is how I configured the 'Properties' for this shortcut
REMEMBER: Change the 'Advanced' setting t... Read more

A:Advanced Disk Cleanup - Create Shortcuts Without A Batch File!

Would these same shortcuts (and the method to create them) be usable with Vista? Thanks.

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I had installed RHEL4 in RHEL4 in my VMWare Virtual disk.
But now due to some reason, it's not booting up.
How can I recover the data stored in the .vmdk file?
Thanks in advance,

A:How to recover files in VMWare virtual machine disk(.vmdk) file?

If you have another VM then you can add the non-booting vmdk file to it as another hard drive. At least that's the theory, in my experience what boots is the added vmdk file so you would actually want to add a good/bootable vmdk file to the non-booting VM.

Then boot it up and the files will be accessible.

So, to get started, you need to create another RHEL4 VM.

Hope that makes sense.

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Can a deleted file be recovered from an image/clone hard disk?

A:recover deleted file from image disk?

Welcome to the Board see7102!

Not sure I quite follow your question. You deleted a file from your hard drive, but had previously cloned the drive to another drive? If so, and the file existed when the clone was done then the file is still on the other drive (unless it was deleted there as well).

Or, did you make an image of the drive and saved the image file someplace? If you made an image, then you may be able to access the file from the image with out having to restore the image. For example Norton Ghost has Ghost Explorer, which will let you pull one file out of an image file. Other imaging programs likely have something similar, but I'm only familiar with Ghost 2003

What software was used to make the image?


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I downloaded an ISO of Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness, and whenever i try to mount it, it says
Couldnt Mount File
The disc image file is corrupted

A:ISO from emuparadise-the disk image file is corrupted

Sometimes corruptions happen when downloading files. Have you tried re-downloading it?

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Anytime I drag a file(s) in a folder window, a translucent, oversized icon follows the mouse pointer, partially obscuring up to 4 nearby items.

Can this effect be disabled? I'm sure somebody at MS thought it was slick idea, but it just gives me a headache. I haven't found a setting that controls it -- maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. (Am guessing, while this isn't an "animation" per se, it's in the same general category.)

Thanks a ton for any clues.


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I protected my personal files in WXP and made an Acronis true image of the disk.

After a disk crash, I rebuilt a new disk instead of using the image but want to get to my personal files by using the Acronis image mount utility. The tool works pretty well, the image looks like drive "G" when mounted and I can see all of my files, except for the personal ones.

My new WXP load has the same user name, password, and computer name as the old one did. However, the NTFS security will not let me see or take ownership of my personal files.

I dont want to have to restore the old image just to get my files but will if I have to. Any ideas for an easier way?

Thanks in advance,

A:How to access protected file in mounted disk image

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How can I move/copy a file from one disk to another without changing the file's creation date?

A:Copy/Move File from One Disk To Another w/o Changing the File Creation Date

You can use a utility called "Set File Date" to change a file's creation date to whatever you want.


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Hi Ladies and Gents, my first time here.

I am trying to solve a problem where on 2 different machines refuse to open downloaded pdf's when this is selected at the open/save option after downloading. The 2 machines are both Win XP SP2. 1 is running Adobe Acrobat 7.0 (full) the other is running Reader 8.1.1.

On both, if an already saved file is clicked on it opens immediately. It is only on files being downloaded that the problem occurrs.

Any and all ideas gratefully received.


A:NEWBIE: Adobe Acrobat not opening pdf file unless file saved to disk first

Maybe a description of the error would be helpful?

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Hi friends,

Suddenly one files has appeared on my desktop which i am struggling to delete. On each action it gives me same error i.e. Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.


If if try to cut/move the file it shows - Cannot move file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

I have performed following troubleshooting steps
1) CHKDSK on my C: drive, but no luck.
2) Windows repair 'chkdsk /r' but file still exists.

Please help me a way to get rid out of this issue.


A:Solved: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

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When I use the XCopy command in Windows 2000, I can copy any file I like; however, when I use copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop in either Windows Explorer or PowerDesk, I get the following error:

Cannot Copy File: Cannot Read from the Source File or Disk

I searched the Microsoft Knowledge Base and came up with only one article, Q224378. This article seems not to apply to my situation because it applies to Windows 2000 Server. I am running Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 2. I did attempt to install the fix that article Q224378 suggested anyway; but, I got an error message that I was attempting to upgrade a program that didn't exist on my system.

I have also learned that this error applies when copying from either of my SCSI CD-ROM drives, not when copying from hard disks or floppies.

Any Suggestions?

A:[Solved] Cannot copy file: Cannot Read From the Source File or Disk

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Problem: A while ago I emptied the recycle bin. After emptying, a folder remained that had 4-5 files in it. I don't recall exactly what the files were.

I tried to delete the folder, and got the message in the title.

No problem I thought, and I got out a handy file shredder and shredded that file to pieces. It was gone.

Except it's not. When I use CCleaner or other aps to clean my system, the "cannot delete file:..." message in the title pops up.

If I go to the recycle bin and empty it, I get the message. When I look in the recycle bin, it is empty, but if I tell it to empty itself I get the message.

So the folder is in the recycle bin, invisible. It was "shredded", but still remains.

I have entered safe mode, but is still get the message when I try to empty the recycle bin or use CCleaner.

I have read things that reference deleting the entire recycle bin (which then recreates itself), but am not clear on this or if it is a good idea.

My system runs fine, it's just an annoyance.

Any ideas from the experts here (you solved a big virus issue I had a while ago, and this is nothing in comparision, but hopefully somebody has seen this issue before...)



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Hi Guys, can you please help. I have been loosing data in MS word files- I get an error saying- @disk you are using has a media problem that prevent Word from using it. Unrecoverable disk error on file WRL3369.tmp.

Can somebody please help me in finding my data again. It is present in the recovered items but unreadable!

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Since upgrading to windows 10 from 7 a few months ago I have been unable to use edge or cortana.
Edge will sometimes load a website but VERY slowly - about 10 mins. Chrome works fine.
All other aspects of the upgrade work fine.
The only strange thing I have noticed is that in Internet Options the Temporary Internet File location is blank and Disk space set to 0. I can not change either of them.
I have tried resetting w10 apps and resetting explorer - no change.
Any ideas anyone?

A:Internet Options Temporary File location blank, Disk Space 0

I used it for a while, to watch American Football, but it freezes to much so I dumped it for Chrome wich has not these problems.

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Yo. This is my first post lets see what happens...

Here's the deal.

My buddy accessed a shared folder on my PC and uploaded some production tools to it. He uses a MAC.

So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake "

The problem is, if I try delete, rename, move, or do anything for that matter to the file I get an error message "Error deleting file or folder: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk."

I've tried using command prompt to delete the file but it doesn't even show up if I type "Dir"

Properties for the file are zero everything.

I've tried a program called KillBox but even that can't do it.


A:Cannot Delete File: Cannot Read From The Source File Or Disk.

But before you delete that we need to know about the file firstIm not sure if its malware or a system file So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake " Just want some more info on that file (for a close up) what does the icon look like?On what folder is it located?(And if possible,give us a screen shot of it)Also where did you get this file in the first place?What type of file is it (If you go back to properties)It really sounds to me more likely renamedAlso searched it in the internet,I can't find any info about it

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Why, after a search, when I click on a file and try to delete it, do I often get a msg. saying:

Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

If it found it for the search, why can't if read it from the source file or disk?


A:Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

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I have the game 'Crysis' on two backup DVD's. I had to put the installation files in a .rar and split them so I could back it up (I downloaded the game digitally from EA)

So when I insert disk 1 and try to copy 'Crysis.part1.rar' to D:/Crysis (D: is my data drive, C: is strictly the OS and maybe 2 or 3 applications installed on it) it copies most of it, but when it gets to '5 seconds remaining' it comes up with this error. It takes like 6 minutes to copy it and then it errors out when it's almost done! I've tried 3 times and the error popped up every time. The disk is spotless... I mean it looks brand new. Not even a speck of dust or any smudges at all.

Why am I getting this error?? I don't know what to do! If I can't copy it I'll have to redownload the entire 6gb installation package from EA, which will take probably 4-5 hours.

Please help!

Additional file info from within the error window:
"Can't read from the source file or disk."
Name: Crysis.part1.rar
Size: 4.37gb (4,588,544KB)
Date Modified: 11/2/2009 12:25PM

Other additional info:
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64
I have all the latest updates via Windows Update
There is only one account on this computer, mine, and it has full administrative privileges

A:Copy File: Can't read from the source file or disk.

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I've got a 4gb pen that i use for school work.

I put a file with images in it and i want to delete it now but it keeps coming up with:

'Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk '

I have tried various ways to delete it but still i can't.

Can anyone help me?


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Whenever I try to delete my temporary internet files in bulks or by selecting all then deleting, it gives that "cannot delete file bla bla bla" message. HOWEVER, I'm able to delete them if I delete them one by one (ANNOYING!). I could also delete all the files the other way: choosing "delete files", but that's irrelevant.

I use IE 8, Windows XP SP 3 Media Center Edition.

A:Cannot Delete file: Cannot read from source file or Disk

First off why are you attempting to delete temporary Internet files manually? Internet Explorer has built in tools to make this easy. Windows XP has disk cleanup which also makes removing Temporary files easy.Should those two methods not suit you, I'd recommend this free utility http://www.ccleaner.com/Simply pick what you want, and it will do the rest.The reason you receive "Cannot delete file" is the index.dat file is always in "use" by Internet Explorer and can only be deleted on reboot.

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since about 10 minutes, I do get the error-message, "while trying to finish a dowloald and after it reached 100% and tries to write the file on the harddrive"

cannot copy file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

Anyone any ideas what the problem could be? It;s my C drive and everything else works wihtout problems.

OS WinXP Pro


A:Cannot copy file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

What are you downloading with? Do you have any history cleaner? Like HistoryKill or Windows Washer?

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I got an error message when trying to drag an attachment from outlook to paperport: Cannot copy file: "Cannot read from the source file or disk".
It works fine if I drag from Outlook to my desktop, then from desktop to Paperport. But it does not work from Outlook to Paperport directly.
Can anyone help? Thank you

A:Cannot copy file: cannot read from the source file or disk

Sorry, I can't answer your question directly but as an alternative can you copy and paste using Control + C and Control + V or other method?

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Hi all. I searched this but found nothing that is the same as my situation or recent either.
I have over 37000 files of duplicate songs I would love to rid my pc of. I did a search using *(2) and all the files show up but i get the 'cannot delete file:cannot read from the source file or disk' error.
I searched duplicate music files this way once before and it eliminated a ton of dupes in seconds but now it wont work.
I have a dual boot system. XP and 7 and since I couldn't get the search to work like xp in win7( every file with a 2 in it in any configuration or location in the file name, dupe or not, was listed) , I copy and pasted the entire music folder(317gbs) to the xp o/s hd and tried the search there and am where I am now. My search page with all the files listed with a (2) and ready to delete...
I haven't tried a safe mode attempt because I have read from many who've tried it didn't work.

It's driving me crazy seeing all those duplicate files just sitting there and I can't delete them!
Please help
Thank you

A:Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

OP wants to know if there is a way to do this in Windows 7.

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How can I move/copy a file from one disk to another without changing the file creation date?

Windows Vista

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Can someone point me in the right direction. I've been searching and attempting to fix this for a couple of days without luck.

My Problem
I have a file that I can not delete. When I try, I get the message "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk"
The file extension ends with a space and is reported a 0 KB in size.

Here is what I've attempted:
1. Normal delete and well as "Shift+Delete". I get the above message.
2. Tried to scan the file for a virus. Got the error message "Scan was completed with error. Error:The system cannot find the file specified."
3. Virus scanned the folder. Scan completed - no virus found.
4. Attempted to open the file in Notepad by opening Notepad then dragging the file. Got the error message "The system cannot find the file specified."
5. Attempted to create the same file name in the same location using Notepad. i.e. Hoping to replace the file. I got the usual message that the file already exists and I granted permission to replace it. However, I still cannot delete the replaced file.
6. Booted in Safe Mode and attempted to delete. Same result.
7. Ran "CHKDSK" No problems - still cannot delete.
8. Opened a DOS window. Closed Explorer.exe using TaskManager. Then attempted to delete the file in the DOS window. Got the error message "File cannot be found"
9. One post suggested deleting the file in a DOS window but prefacing the file name with "\\?\&quo... Read more

A:cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk

Please refer to this article: http://blog.dotsmart.net/2008/06/12/...-file-or-disk/

Perhaps it may provide insight and a solution.

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Hi all... Recently my laptop's startup kept popping out this message:

Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

It appears few seconds after logging in to windows XP. I think this happened after a registry cleanup from using one of the programs...either ace utilities or Ccleaner...can anyone help me on this? Thanks.

A:Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

Hi lostinspac and welcome to TSF !

Good registry cleaners have a way to restore the changes you made. Try that and see if it helps.

Check the start => all programs => startup folder for related shortcuts, move them to another location and see if it helps.

Go to start => run and type msconfig. Check the items you'll find in the startup tab against bleepingcomputer's database. If you make changes there (and each time you'll make changes there) you'll get a warning about being in selective mode when windows restart. Tick the box and click ok so that it stays in that mode and doesn't bother you again. Make sure you don't untick your antivirus or firewall.

We're not big fans of registry cleaners at TSF. See post #2 here. you don't always know what they do, there's no way they know everything about all entries your programs need and they can do worse than good. Cleaning minor problems in the registry won't speed up your compter noticeably anyway.

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Hi, I'd like to add a context menu entry to the default set
Open/Open all users/Explore/Explore All users/Sort by Name/Rename etc
which appear when you

right click on a folder in an expanded Start menu (after 'Programs).

Technically, the 'folder' is a 'file folder'.

But the normal set of file folder context menu entries is suppressed by Windows in this instance.

Thus normal additions to the context menu set associated with 'anything' or 'file folders' or 'directories' never affects this set (so far).

I can add context menu entries which appear when I right click on a shortcut, but NOT folders.

I've tried Fast Explorer, and a couple of other utilities.

'Sort By Name', 'Explore All Users' are not in the registry. (Normally context menu entries appear in one of about 6 locations).

Ideas welcome!

Background: I want to do this 'cos I want to keep a 'bad' context menu entry that stops explorer running from this context menu (some programs do that, alas, thus you can't right click, explore the start menu once you install them and their context menu). Normally I have disabled such entries using Shellex View.

So I want to add one which uses a different file manager.


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i burned a file in cd. but now it is not in my hard disk. How to I find the file?

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