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#1 van1934

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:03 PM

hi everyone, im new to this forum so i hope im in the right one ask my questions. i am using windows xp service pack 2. my problem is that sometimes when i want to delete a program, my computer wont let me and i receive a message that the file cannot be deleted because it is readonly or protected. is there a program (free) that will allow me to change (remove) these attributes so can get rid of things i dont use or want anymore. thanks in advance,, van. (one more question - how will i know if someone answeres my question and where do i look for it?)

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:16 PM

Right click the folder, and select Properties.
Make sure it's not set to Read-only.
If it is, uncheck it, click Apply, and click OK.
Now try to delete it.

If that doesn't work, there are a couple of programs, you can try:
Eraser
Unlocker
Delete Doctor

There's also this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article that might be helpful:
How To Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:15 PM

thank you so much for your help. i will download the programs and give it a try. again, thank you, van.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:33 PM

You're welcome, van.
Glad to be of help.
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Posted 17 May 2006 - 10:30 AM

You don't delete programs. You uninstall them from Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. If you attempt to delete programs, you will seriously damage your computer.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 12:45 PM

thanks herk. several programs are not listed in the add/remove. thats why i would like to get rid of them. most are read only and will not allow me to delete. will try some of the removal programs above. again, thank you for responding. van

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:36 AM

Check the file for the program, there might be an uninstaller in there.
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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:41 PM

And if things won't delete in regular mode, they sometimes will in Safe Mode. Press F8 as your computer boots, choose Safe Mode from the boot menu.

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You could also get Uninstaller Plus to remove the programs. It's not free, but it's useful.

Edited by Herk, 18 May 2006 - 09:43 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:34 AM

thanks to everyone who responded to my question. i really appreciate your knowledge. van

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:36 AM

thanks everyone for responding to my question. it is good to have such knowledgeable people you can call on for advice. van

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 04:23 PM

Glad to be of help, van.
Let us know if you have any other questions.
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Posted 23 May 2006 - 05:02 PM

Just be careful not to delete any programs with shared components or any Windows program.

Deleting programs by just deleting their files can be disasterous - it can really mess up your op system, that's why you use add/delete programs or the programs own uninstaller and even then you could still run into problems.

If you really do not know exactly what you are doing you are better off leaving it alone.




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