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  1. randerson165

    randerson165 Senior Member

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    I'm trying to delete a file that i started to download and then when I try to press delete, it says that it is being used and I cannot delete it. I tried to restart and then delete = no, i tried to restart in safe mode and delete = no.

    What can i do ? I want to delete this damn thing.
     
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    what prog u using to d/l it with??? if its kazaa, make sure the damn thing is closed first.
     
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    I used MIRC, and i'm not d/l it while i'm trying to delete it
     
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    chmod 033

    errr wait, windows... lol

    umm, yeah... when files get like that, i use a zip program called winrar.

    it gives the option to "delete files after rar" which means, it deletes the files after it creates the archive. so you rar/zip it up, it kills the file, then simply delete the rar archive.
     
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    This problem used to drive me nuts. It's actually Explorer that's using the file. Once in a while after explorer gets the properties of a file it keeps the file open.

    Here's what I do:

    Ctrl-Alt-Del
    In task manager, kill the explorer.exe task
    You will lose your icons, start menu, etc.
    in task manager, Go to Task > run
    type 'cmd' without the quotes to get a command line
    navigate to wherever the file you're trying to delete is
    delete the file

    Since explorer isn't running and keeping the file open, there won't be any sharing violations and you'll be able to delete it.

    Task > Run again

    type 'explorer'

    Now you're all good. :)
     
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    or what i do is boot with win98 boot disk, delete from dos :)
     
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    But a Win98 boot disk can't read NTFS partitions.

    ...unless you're still using FAT32 with Win2000 or XP... HEATHEN! :)
     
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    that is true, my laptop is NTFS, but my desktop is Fat32, dual boot with 98 and 2k. :)
     
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    you could boot with a win98se bootdisk that has NTFS tools
     
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    what is the command to delete in dos ? delete and remove don't work
     
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