“I couldn't find this object. It is no longer found in [Path]. Check the location of the article and try again "

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An interesting condition in Windows is when a file is hidden from the system so that we cannot delete, rename or open it. However, the file still exists in the system directories.

A known bug associated with this condition is:

"I could not find this item. This is no longer in [Path]. Please check the location of the article and try again".

Where [Path] is the location of the file in File Explorer. Basically, if we can't access a file, we can't do anything about it. However, what one might understand is that this file could be located and edited using the command prompt as it exists on the system.


A known reason is that the extension of files created by third-party applications may not be clearly defined and therefore cannot be tracked by File Explorer. However, we cannot conclude that this is the only cause. When moving on to the resolution, the only thing we need to keep in mind is that the file, although the file explorer cannot locate it, can be viewed via the command prompt.

Fix-1 Delete file / folder from file / folder path-

To delete the problematic file / folder, you need to access the folder path via System Symbol and then delete the file from within.

1. To open the File Browser window, press Windows key + E and go to the file / folder path.

2. After opening the file / folder, click to select the file address.

3. Now press "Ctrl + C'to copy the file path.

4. Press Tasto Windows + R have lunch running. In running window, type "cmd“And then press Log in.

System symbol the window will open.

5. In the System Symbol window, copy, paste and edit these commands, then press Log in after each of the commands to execute them sequentially.



This command should look like this:

cd C: Users Sambit AppData Local Microsoft Media Player

6. Now run this command to delete the file from your computer.



The file you want to delete insert it after the "del" command.

Example: since we want to delete the 'lastplayed' file, our command will be-

since the last played

Once the file is deleted, close the System Symbol window.

Solution 2: Delete the file using the command prompt

The bug would cause problems in regular work, so most users would consider deleting the file. The procedure for doing this is as follows:

1] Press Win + R to open the file run window and type the command cmd. Press Enter to open the file Symbol of the system.

2] Type the command:

rd /s ?Z:badfolderpath

Where Z: bad folder path is the path to the file and Z: is the drive letter where the file is located.

Solution 3: Rename the file using the command prompt

1] Press Win + R to open the file run window and type the command cmd. Press Enter to open the command prompt.

2] We need to navigate to the exact folder the file is in, not the file itself. Enter the command:

cd Z: badfolder1folder2… folder

Where Z: is the drive where the file is located.

Basically the command is cd followed by the file path with no file name at the end. Then type the following commands one by one (hit Enter after each command):

DIR / A / X / P

RENAME (name of the problematic file) (some other name) EXIT

This would help rename the file so that it doesn't cause the error message again.

This should help solve the problem.

Solution 4: Archive the files to delete them

If nothing has worked so far, you can try archiving the files and deleting the original files in the archiving process.


You will need WinRAR installed on your computer to implement this solution on your system. If you haven't installed it, click this link to download the installation file. Run the installation file to install WinRAR on your system.

1. Go to the location of the problematic files on your computer.

2. Right-click the file and click "Add to file ...".

3. Once the File Name and Parameters window opens, check the box next to "Delete files after archivinggram".

4. Finally, click on "ok".

Once the archiving process is complete, the original file (problem file) will be automatically removed from the system.

5. Now, right click on the file you just created and click on “To remove".

This will also remove the compressed file from your computer. Your problem should be solved with this quick fix.

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