This article was previously published under Q208082
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When you try to copy, move or delete a file or a shortcut, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot Delete File: File System Error (1026)
This issue can occur for any of the following reasons:
You copy or move a file to a disk, delete the file, and then click the Undo Copy or Undo Move command to try to retrieve the file.
Insufficient hard disk space on the computer.
You copy or delete files over a network and the server has problems sending the file because of security issues or network traffic
To resolve this issue, follow one of the appropriate methods:
Using the Undo Copy and Undo Move Commands
To resolve this issue, configure Windows to move files you delete to the Recycle Bin. To do this, follow these steps:
Right-click the Recycle Bin, and then click Properties.
If you use one setting for all drives, click to clear the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted check box, and then click OK.
NOTE: If you configure the Recycle Bin to work independently on each drive, click to clear the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted check box on each local disk tab, and then click OK.
IMPORTANT: The Undo Copy and Undo Move commands are available, but do not work with files that you have deleted from a floppy disk.
Insufficient Hard Disk Space
To resolve this issue, free up disk space on the hard disk. To do this, see the appropriate section for your operating system:
Use the Disk Cleanup Tool to free up disk space on the hard disk. For additional information about the Disk Cleanup Tool, click to view the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
186099 Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows 98
For information about how to free up disk space on the hard disk, click to view the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
179798 How to Increase Free Space on Your Hard Disk
Network Security or Traffic
Check with your Network Administrator to verify that there are no network security or network traffic issues on the network.
For additional information about the File System Error (1026) error message, click to view the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
180680 Error Message: Cannot Copy File: File System Error (1026)