I can't delete the contents of my C:\Recycler folder, which is just one file.
I've gone into the folder properties and unchecked the Read Only box and selected to make all subfolders and files read only. When I delete the file a dialog box appears that says: Cannot delete <file name>: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again."
No other programs are running and there should be just one other user set up on the machine. (More about that below.) When I go back to double-check the read-only setting, it's enabled again.
I rebooted my machine and tried again, and got the exact same behavior.
I then rebooted in safe mode to try to delete the file. When I accessed the Recycler folder there were now two files in the folder, with a timestamp a few minutes apart. I was able to delete one of the files, but when I tried to delete the second file I got the same error message.
I then opened a DOS prompt to see if I could delete the file that way. But when I did a dir on the folder the following appeared:
Volume C has no label.
Volume serial number is <serial number>
Directory of C:\Recycler
File Not Found
What was interesting about going into Safe Mode was that it showed slightly different users. In regular mode I have two users set up, my user and a guest user. But when I went into Safe mode it showed an Administrator user and my user, but no guest user. I was performing the actions I described logged in as the Administrator.
I exited out of Safe mode and logged back in normally. When I accessed the C:\recycler folder, I attempted to deleted the file again and I saw Windows make a copy of the file;it deleted the file I selected and immediately made a copy, which I can't delete.
I appreciate anyone's thoughts and suggestions about how to delete this file.