deleting a stubborn file

June 26, 2010 at 17:33:34
Specs: Windows xp, dwll xps 400

hello,

i have a file on my hd, Pop Piano Sheet music (1000+ sheets) [mininova][1].torrent,

well i guess becasue of the square\rect in the file name i can not delete it. ran virus check,trojan, and spyware. all good!

when i try to delete it ; the error message that comes up is : cannot delete file; cannot read file from source disk.

tried an unlock program it states it is not locked, tried ms-dos: del \\?\c:\filename
did not work, tried to delete in safe mode
still there.

stubborn file.

any other suggestions?

thaks
craig

thanks,
craig


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#1
June 26, 2010 at 18:14:15

See if this helps.

Cannot delete file or folder ( 2 pages )
http://winhlp.com/node/39


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#2
June 30, 2010 at 00:10:15

Windows cant delete files or a program that are “live”. This means the program or some elements of it are actually running. The program or one its services may be running silently in the background or being shared with another application. To disconnect all applications associated with the program, Press Crtl-Alt-Delete time to pull up the task manager. You will need to disable all the services associated with the program. Here is how:

1. Open your "Start"menu.
2. Click “Run”
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click "service"
5. Uncheck all executable(.exe) files associated with the program you want to remove.
6. Click "OK"
This page might help
http://www.delete-computer-history....

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#3
June 30, 2010 at 00:12:31

Windows cant delete files or a program that are “live”. This means the program or some elements of it are actually running. The program or one its services may be running silently in the background or being shared with another application. To disconnect all applications associated with the program, Press Crtl-Alt-Delete time to pull up the task manager. You will need to disable all the services associated with the program. Here is how:

1. Open your "Start"menu.
2. Click “Run”
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click "service"
5. Uncheck all executable(.exe) files associated with the program you want to remove.
6. Click "OK"

Hope this helps!
http://www.delete-computer-history....

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#4
June 30, 2010 at 03:48:50

if the file was running or used in some way when he tries to delete it, wouldn't the message be different? something like "file can not be deleted because it is currently in use"? i'm not an expert on this, but could the problem be in the hardware?

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#5
June 30, 2010 at 06:57:14

craig, Try FileAssassin 1.06 which is Free at the link below.

http://download.cnet.com/FileAssass...

Tufenuf


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#6
June 30, 2010 at 07:01:37

Couple things to try.....Unlocker, or MoveOnBoot.

Google for them.

Of course, you could try stopping your file sharing program(s), which might be keeping the file "active".

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#7
June 30, 2010 at 11:39:20

Dr Delete works great too.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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