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I can't delete files.

February 11, 2013 at 04:28:25
Specs: Windows XP

When I try, the Win Explorer window closes - no message/pop up box.
I can move files e.g. to a USB key & delete them from that on another PC.
I installed a new HD & cloned the old one - everything else works fine.
I also ran a reg clean up program (Wise).
Any ideas?

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#1
February 11, 2013 at 04:44:05

Was this after running the reg cleaner - such programs can definitely get things wrong.
If that is the case, either re-clone it and try again, or run System Restore.

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#2
February 11, 2013 at 07:00:51

Yes, after reg cleaner.
As it's really just an inconvenience - I'll suffer on with it. I just thought that someone might know a quick fix e.g. registry entry to alter etc...
Thanks for your reply

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#3
February 11, 2013 at 10:16:45

Unfortunately if a reg cleaner removes valid entries in error it is difficult to find someone who can nail exactly what entries need putting back. Some reg cleaners do have a save and restore function, although I have seen some that cobble up the order of deletion so that restoring them doesn't work properly either. Steer clear of them they don't improve anything - Windows ignores invalid entries anyhow.

If all the changes were not made on the same day then running restore to a date just before you ran the reg cleaner should sort out this issue.

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#4
February 12, 2013 at 17:59:20

Try running Scannow SFC. See the link below for instructions.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...


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#5
February 12, 2013 at 18:39:34

.... in case you are not used to the format on that page, you just need to type this in the Run box and hit Enter key (note the one space after sfc):

sfc /scannow

Unfortunately it is unlikely to help if its a registry problem - nothing lost by trying tho.

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#6
February 12, 2013 at 20:58:31

There's a possibility that the Recycler, better known as Recycle Bin, is corrupted. Try this, right click on RB, click Properties, and turn off the recycle bin temporarily. Now try to delete something and see if there's a difference. If so RB is probably the problem.

SFC might fix it. Another way is to try to revert to a Restore Point, available via Control Panel / System. Another way, untried by me, is here.


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#7
February 13, 2013 at 06:16:57

highlight the file then hit the del key

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#8
February 13, 2013 at 08:06:30

Re #7

I would be amazed if the poster hadn't already tried that.
Whatever, it doesn't solve the issue about why other quite normal methods do not work.

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