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2006/07/08 03:09:26 (permalink)
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Deleting an undeletable file

I downloaded an avi file from a file sharing network. The downloaded never completed so I tried deleting the incomplete file but I get a message that

"the file is being used by another person or program"

I've tried restarting my computer and closing all other programs, including the file-sharing application, but it doesn't make any difference. As I said, it's an avi file, not an executable file. And, I didn't even attempt to play it. There's no way it could be a virus, is there??

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    wiffers
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 03:20:26 (permalink)
    Try deleting it in safe mode

    If not, use a boot disk and delete using command line

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 03:58:25 (permalink)
    Every possibilty it could be a virus, worm whatever...you run a scan?
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    JayavarmanVII
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 09:50:01 (permalink)
    I ran Norton and it found nothing. It's been there a while. I just decided to deleted the 'incomplete' folder today and it wouldn't budge. System seems ok. I'll just live with it until I overhaul my HDD when it gets full.

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 10:15:11 (permalink)
    have you checked the file permission on the file in question

    right click on it and and check the properties that it is not read only
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 10:57:04 (permalink)
    You could try to going to 'start/all programs/accessories/comman prompt' and delete it that way.

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 10:57:18 (permalink)
    sounds like your file sharing program is still running, file is still in your download/upload directory and some other user is downloading it from your PC. exit the files sharing program and you should be able to delete it.
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 12:06:04 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: bunnykilla

    You could try to going to 'start/all programs/accessories/comman prompt' and delete it that way.

    Phil


    Yep. That ususally works. Start -> Run... "cmd" (or windows key-R and then type cmd and press enter - God I'm lazy!)
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 12:22:19 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Mark Thompson

    sounds like your file sharing program is still running, file is still in your download/upload directory and some other user is downloading it from your PC. exit the files sharing program and you should be able to delete it.



    this is the easiest way to do it...

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 12:35:42 (permalink)
    Had same problem a while back tried every thing possible 2 delete it and lots of different programs, this was the only thing that worked
    http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/index.htm#download

    that should delete it
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 13:10:27 (permalink)
    command prompt works 90% of the time.
    safe mode works 90% of the time.

    PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER

    IMO, i wouldnt download anything to remove a file.
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 13:36:42 (permalink)
    As above, command promt will usually always work.

    In XP: start --> run --> type "cmd" (without commas)

    then type " cd [directory name] " (e.g. cd C:\Downloads)

    then type " del [filename] " (e.g. del porno.avi)

    that will sort it.

    sub

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 13:47:06 (permalink)
    Sub,

    I did exactly what you suggested and got this:

    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    As I said earlier, I already tried closing all other programs including the file sharing program. Oh well, I feel a format coming on.

    TUFF

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 13:53:03 (permalink)
    Trust me, Use the programme i linked it will work and is safe.
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 13:55:34 (permalink)
    try uninstalling the program you used to d/l the file and reboot and try again.
    ORIGINAL: tuffnutt

    Sub,

    I did exactly what you suggested and got this:

    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    As I said earlier, I already tried closing all other programs including the file sharing program. Oh well, I feel a format coming on.

    TUFF

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 14:03:04 (permalink)
    can you rename the file? Windows XP hates avi files encoded with DIVX, so try renaming the file then deleting it.

    Have you restarted the computer, not opened any programs then tried deleting it?

    Press ctrl alt del and end explorer. exe, it will restart but explorer sometimes locks access to files because bill gates is a monkey.

    sub
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 14:06:08 (permalink)
    edited
    post edited by Cisco_Kid - 2006/07/08 14:40:09

    Pain is merely a part of life, to be embraced and understood, not crushed.

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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 14:33:47 (permalink)
    I'll save you the trouble tuffnutt

    AGGGGHH!

    ORIGINAL: tuffnutt

    As I said earlier, I already tried closing all other programs including the file sharing program.

    post edited by PartyBoy - 2006/07/08 14:35:47

     
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 14:35:16 (permalink)
    Here mate, run it by these guys. They've got me out of the sh1t on a couple of occasions:

    http://www.pctechforums.com/modules.php?name=Forums

     
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    RE: Deleting an undeletable file 2006/07/08 14:39:17 (permalink)
    If you reboot and go to the boot menu and choose boot to DOS then delete it like Sub decribed, that should work. Just because you open a DOS window while Windows is running it doesn't free the file up.
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