Fix: “Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Path]. Verify the item’s location and try again”

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

A known error associated with this condition is:

“Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Path]. Verify the item’s location and try again

Could Not Find This Item. This Is No Longer Located In [path]. Verify The Item’s Location And Try Again

Where [Path] is the location of the file in the file explorer. Basically, if we cannot access a file, we cannot do anything with it. However, what could be understood is that this file could be located and modified using Command Prompt since it does exist in the system.

Cause

One known reason is that the extension of files created by 3rd party applications might not be clearly defined and this, it might be untraceable by file explorer. However, we cannot conclude this to be the only cause. While moving to the resolution, the only thing we need to have in mind is the file while not locatable by the file explorer could be observed through Command Prompt.

Deleting the file using Command Prompt

The error would be causing issues to regular work, so most users would consider deleting the file itself. The procedure to do so is as follows:

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command cmd. Press Enter to open the Command Prompt.

2] Type the command:

rd /s \\?\Z:\bad\folder\path

Where Z:\bad\folder\path is the path of the file and Z: is the drive letter of the drive in which the file is located.

Renaming the file using Command Prompt

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command cmd. Press Enter to open the Command Prompt.

2] We have to navigate to the exact folder in which the file is situated, not the file itself. Type the command:

cd Z:\bad\folder1\folder2…\foldern

Where Z: is the drive in which the file is located.

Basically, the command is cd followed by the path of the file without the name of the file at the end. Then type the following commands one by one (press 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 it doesn’t cause that error prompt again.

This should help fix the issue.


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