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WINDOWS CAN'T DELETE!


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#1 IZOD

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 01:57 AM

Windows can't delete file because file is open in another programme. The File just won't go however you try and its taking up valuable space.


Edited by Queen-Evie, 05 April 2014 - 10:17 AM.
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#2 NickAu

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:10 AM

What file? Windows what?  What have you tried?

 

Please be specific or its all just guessing.


Edited by NickAu1, 05 April 2014 - 02:13 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:12 AM

Good day to all. I will be indebted to. You if you can help me solve this annoying problem. I downloaded a movie and watched it. When done,I tried deleting but it won't. Windows says its open in another programme but that isn't true. I've checked task manager to see if there's a programme causing me this problem but nothing came up. Tried the permanently deleteing option to no avail. Tried researching this problem and only found issues concerning mkv files. Even my geek friends can handle this problem. Someone has suggested a shredder but this is also a problem as the computer isn't mine and is passworded before installation of anykind. Please HELP! HELP!! HELP!!! God bless you.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:14 AM

@NickAu1,its an MP4 file and Windows 7.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:20 AM

@NickAu1,its an MP4 movie file and the OS is Windows Vista not Windows 7. Sorry that was a mistake. Please help if you can. Thank you.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 06:34 AM

oK,

  • What torrent client are you using?
  • Have you streamed it? 
  • What client player are you using?

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 06:43 AM

@SamX5,I'm use Utorrent and use VLC player. Like I mentioned earlier,I checked Task Manager to ensure there was no other programme running and there was none.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 06:49 AM

ok cool.

 

  • Is the file still in utorrent (if so delete)
  • Click Start, type in search box ' %appdata% '  Click u torrent and delete the movie from there.
  • Try renaming the file if it lets you, (if it does, try deleting it)

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

@SamX5,I'm gonna give it a try right now. I hope it works.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:56 AM

You can also try doing this in Safe Mode.  Safe mode has a limited number of files and drivers making it a good platform for doing this type of work.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:03 AM

@dc3,while in safe mode,I just delete the file like I would in a regular mode?

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:12 AM

@dc3,while in safe mode,I just delete the file like I would in a regular mode?

 

Yes. I've had to go to safe mode many times to delete files that were supposedly "in use" and would not delete in normal mode.

 

While in safe mode, you can also delete it from the recycle bin.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:13 AM

Yes, delete the file just as you would in regular mode.



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:37 AM

I'll finally add my two cents... yep, just delete it. :grinner:

 

My apologies for not getting back sooner.  My three month old Western Digital hdd gave up and I've been putting my data back together.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:56 AM

I've often posted that one of the quickest ways I know of to be infected is to make peer-to-peer downloads.  You never know what is being downloaded along with what you had hoped to get.  You've had a first hand experience with this now.  I wish you a happy and clean future using your computer. :thumbup2:


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