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Old 13-02-2009
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How to Delete Undeletable Files ?


I have a file that I want to delete but whenever i try to deleted it give error messge the in use with another program. I know that it isn't part of a program and I want to delete it can you help?
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Old 13-02-2009
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Re: How to Delete Undeletable Files ?


Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe. Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in. At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close Task Manager.

hope it help you
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Old 13-02-2009
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Re: How to Delete Undeletable Files ?

Hellp You can Unlocker Software

Use unlocker
  • Unlocker is a very useful freeware that will allow you to unlock any files that are currently in use by Windows. You’ll know if this is happening if you are getting any of these messages when trying to delete a file:
  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • 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
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use

Unlocker will make things right again for you.
You’ll notice that right after installing the software, a new option named “unlocker” will appear when right clicking any files or folders in Windows Explorer. To unlock a locked file, just right click it, select unlocker, and the unlocker software will start. Then, click “unlock all” and close the software. Now that your file is unlocked, just delete it in Windows Explorer, as you always do. This is much simpler than solution #1 or #2, isn’t it?

Download the Freeware app Unlocker
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Old 13-02-2009
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Re: How to Delete Undeletable Files ?

  1. Is the file in use? It sounds obvious but it happens. If it is being used or open, close the file and the application that opened it. For example, if it is a Word document, close Microsoft Word.
  2. If the file was opened in an application (and subsequently closed), but the program is still running, try quitting the program. Windows will lock a file because the application hasn't yet released it. This is not always Windows fault and can be the fault of the program.
  3. If the file is an AVI, in particular a DivX AVI, try renaming it and then deleting it. DivX files don't get on very well with Windows XP and sometimes renaming the file can trick Windows into releasing it.
  4. Reboot your PC and don't start any programs. Go directly to the file and delete it.
  5. In Windows Explorer, switch to View-Details and then select View-Choose Details. Uncheck everything except the file name. This stops Windows XP trying to read the file - this problem affects many video, audio and graphics files.
  6. Still no luck? OK, here is the best trick of all. Most sites give you cryptic Windows registry and DOS commands to remove a file, but the answer is so much simpler. Get a copy of MoveOnBoot. It's free and this simple tool allows you to Move, Copy or Delete files before Windows can lock or alter the files. The changes are made to your hard drive before Windows starts, hence it requires a restart of your system after you give MoveOnBoot its instructions. There are no messy boot or DOS commands, just a simple 3-step process.
    • Step 1: Locate the name of the file that is causing your problems.
    • Step 2: Decide if you want to copy, move or delete the file.
    • Step 3. Choose a destination for moving the file, or a new file name for the rename option (this option won't appear if you are deleting a file).
  7. Click OK to confirm you want to process. The nice thing is that the program doesn't make you reboot straight away. It's a good idea to reboot ASAP, but if you are in the middle of something and want to wait, the program will simply run next time you start Windows.
  8. If the file reappears again (check its creation date to ensure it is being recreated) and you can't make it budge, you may have trouble with spyware or a virus on your system (don't overlook the possibility it may also be an important system file). In this case you should get a good spyware removal program to scan your system.
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Old 20-11-2010
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Re: How to Delete Undeletable Files ?

Oh i had the same problem,these files become stacked and are due to long paths,use the tool available at http://pathtoodeep.com ,it is a tool which deletes and also searches such undeleteable files and also assists in installation and sharing of long pathed files
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Old 01-07-2011
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Re: How to Delete Undeletable Files ?

This Can help you out it.

Long Path Tool can help you to overcome these barriers by tweaking the file tree adequately to facilitate the modification or deletion of files. The unloading of locking process and other accompanying operations are being carried out by the cannot delete file fixer at a great pace.
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Old 13-01-2012
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problems copying or renaming files unlock delete files

When you are having problems with deleting, copying or renaming files
on your computer, you should get an effective tool. You can find
Windows tool to delete or copy folders and files with errors such as
path too long or the filename too long. Basically search the file and
then press the button to delete or copy it. Path too long application
solves problems with the capacity to delete or copy files and folders
with the long paths in Explorer. At times, errors are created by
software programs, virus, adware and more.
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