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Cannot Delete file: Cannot read from source file or Disk

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#1 mgman


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Posted 14 November 2009 - 11:20 PM


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.

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#2 askpcguy


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 02:51 AM

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.

#3 Romeo29


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 07:30 AM

You cannot delete those files manually because Windows always uses some features of IE, therefore some of the files in "temporary internet files" are always in use and locked. You should use IE's tool to delete browsing history. This tool determines which files are to be deleted and which are not.

To access this tool Open IE and go to Internet Options, in the Browsing History section click on Delete button

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