Deleting Files That Won't Go

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  1. Tyhe

    Tyhe True Life = True Risk

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    Heya,


    I was just wondering if anybody knew how to delete files that won't be deleted.
    I have a file that keeps saying it can't deleted because it's in use.
    I copied the file to another drive, and that also does the same thing. :ugh:

    Is there a way to delete them anyway?
     
  2. Tweekend

    Tweekend New Member

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    try doing it in safe mode maybe?
     
  3. WERUreo

    WERUreo Imua!

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    You know, this happens to me on occassion.. I've always wondered if it has somethign to do with the Fast Indexing Service or soemthing like that. The only way I'm usually able to delete files that Windows says are in use is to log out and then log back in... :dunno:
     
  4. Tyhe

    Tyhe True Life = True Risk

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    I tried that, also tried restarting, both failed.. :squint:

    Anybody know of an application maybe that ignores windows when deleting?
     
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    try using a boot disk, preferably a floppy, once there just browse to directory and delete that way
     
  6. Keyzs

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    Knopix???
     
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  8. Supernaut

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    Sometimes renaming the file, then deleting works for me. Or opening a DOS prompt to the directory and deleting through DOS. Or removing all permissions to the file except for your user account, then rebooting and deleting the file. Or safe mode. Or the recovery console from the XP CD.
     
  9. Tyhe

    Tyhe True Life = True Risk

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    You have an url for that?
     
  10. Apothis

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    http://linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=44

    Before heading in that direction, though, I would boot to a command prompt, navigate to the file, and delete from there.
     
  11. SL1200MK4

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    Well, reboot your computer, and see if you can delete it now. (Sometimes dead lock will last for days)

    If no luck, then reboot your computer again and this time press F8 while booting, this will give you an option of Nomral mode, safe more and "Safe mode in command prompt"

    Select that, once you boot up your computer, you will see a nice DOS command prompt, and delete the file from there.
     
  12. Tyhe

    Tyhe True Life = True Risk

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    Thx!

    The deleting via DOS worked out great!

    Thanks for your help, all!
     
  13. gutterslide

    gutterslide Guest

    this is pretty handy... WhoLockMe.

    also, [ctrl-alt-del -> kill explorer.exe -> restart explorer.exe -> try to delete file again] sometimes works.
     

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