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File Won't Delete!


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#1 knoxy23

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:21 AM

hi,

i have this movie file that i downloaded and now i want to delete it. the problem is that the error "cannot delete files because it is being used by another user or program" comes up. I have shut down and deleted all prgrams that may have used this file, even tried to delete it in safe mode! nothing has worked!!
can any1 help

thanks Tim

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#2 tg1911

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 09:56 AM

Have you tried renaming the file, then deleting it?
Name it anything you want, like trash, old, useless, ........ whatever.

Have you checked the folder's Properties?
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 none of the above works, here 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 10 October 2006 - 05:19 PM

Did you try tg1911's suggestions, especially the freeware delete programs?

Here's another thing to try:

Download Startup Inspector which is freeware to manage your startup menu - programs that are started when Windows starts.

Startup Inspector freeware (manages startup menu helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)

And

Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)

http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php

Physically disconnect from the Internet and temporarily stop all programs from starting with Windows except the firewall, then reboot into safe mode and try to delete the file.

If it deletes successfully return to Startup Inspector and re-enable your av ap, anti-malware aps and any others you want running in the background.




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