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Delete "Unremovable" File
1) Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open.
2) Close all open programs.
3) Click Start > Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE
4) Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe.
5) Leave Task Manager open.
6) Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the undeletable file is located in.
7) At the command prompt type DEL where is the file you wish to delete.
8) Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell.
9) Close Task Manager.
Delete undeletable files in XP
FILES & FOLDERS
1) Close all open programs.
2) Open a Command Prompt window.
3) Close Explorer.exe from the task manager (ctrl-shift-esc), leave Task Manager open.
4) Navigate to the folder with the undeletable file(s) in the command prompt window with the cd command.
5) Delete the file with del filename.ext
6) Reopen explorer.exe from the taskmanager.
You cannot delete a file or a folder on an NTFS file system volume
Delete/Modify "Locked Files"
The XP bug that sometimes locks files (mostly AVI's) can be overcome quite easily. When XP refuses to delete/modify a file; simply jump into the command prompt (Start>Run>"cmd") and modify the file from there. Windows-DOS seems to work around this bug. No need to wade through complex procedures for this one.
The new version of InstallFile quickly solves the common problem of replacing or deleting locked files. You cannot run your favorite application. One of the dlls suddenly has the wrong version number, probably as a result of the installation of another program. After searching the disk and CD-ROMs you find the right version, only to discover the wrong version cannot be replaced. At this point, typically you would reinstall your favorite application, perhaps loosing a lot of customized options. Sounds familiar?
Use InstallFile to replace the wrong version file with the right version file. And it works!
When a file is open by another user it is locked and impossible to delete, move or replace. This is a problem when trying to update executables and database files which could be locked for long periods while other users work on them.
The Swiper application can be set to monitor a file, local or on a network. Swiper minimizes to the system tray while it waits for the file to become available. As soon as the file is unlocked, Swiper can delete, replace or move the file to another location.
FreeFile will free a file by finding the process that holds the lock, and allow you to terminate it.
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FreeFile will run on 98, ME, NT4, W2K, XP and W2K3
Cannot delete file: Access is denied -
* "Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."
* "There has been a sharing violation."
* "The source or destination file may be in use."
* "The file is in use by another program or user."
- These are typical error messages you get when you try to delete a file that is locked by a process.
But which process has locked the file? Use FreeFile to automatically find out which process is locking your file, and free the file by ending the process.