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    Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    I was forwarded an attachment that I couldn't open because the file appeared as an envelope. (.eml?) However, when I saved it to desktop, I was able to open it but did not notice the file extension. I realized the attachment was a .pps file and changed the extension to that. Somehow there are now TWO of the same; one of which I can delete but the other says "Cannot delete file; cannot read from the source/disk." I've tried restoring one from the recylce bin and tried to delete both at the same time, to no avail. Also tried dragging it to the bin; same result. I've also tried going ino the original forward message and re-opening the html attachment, but it appears as the original .pps file.
    When I click on properties, the "change to" file type is not an option.
    Am I destined to have this attachment on my desktop forever, unable to delete???
    Thanks for ANY suggestion!

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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    Debbie,
    Try this if you are comfortable using REGEDIT.
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    Run RegEdit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    SOFTWARE
    Microsoft
    Windows
    CurrentVersion
    explorer
    Desktop
    NameSpace
    You will see several items listed here.

    Click on each item. Look for what you want to delete.
    Delete it.
    Reboot
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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    Thanks....I was able to see that I had only 4, but am still unsure which it is, as none seem to be reflective of that document. Once I delete it it's gone forever, right? So I best be careful in what I delete....
    At least I know where to look to get rid of it.

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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    You can try exporting them, one at a time.
    It will save them to a .reg file and you can always import it back to the Reg if not the right one.
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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    Dear Bob,
    I sure appreciate your help, but when it comes to altering the registry, I'm more of a novice rather than a veteran.
    When it saves to the .reg file, where is that file saved so I can import back if needed?

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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    It will ask you where you wish to save it. I think the default is in your Documents folder but you can save it anywhere it is convenient for you.
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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    Bob,
    I haven't had time to do this yet, but I'm sure it will fix my problem.
    Thanks again!

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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    OK
    Keep us posted. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    It's me again! Unfortunately, right-click & export did not save the file (yes, it saves to docs). However, I noticed that 3 of the 4 in NameSpace are defaults while the other is Removal Message@mydocs.dll-900.....so I'm assuming this is the dastardly attachment that I need to delete in order to remove from my desktop. Would this be the correct assumption?
    Also, what exactly IS NameSpace???
    Thanks, Bob!

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    Re: Unable to delete attachment (windows xp OE 6)

    When you are in regedit and drilled down to the spot indicated, you can just "highlight" the suspected entry and then go over to the FILE dropdown on the left. Click EXPORT and it will ask you WHERE you want to export it to. If you leave in Documents ( that's OK ) you have to NAME the entry without a file extension. For example, " Namespace1", it will automatically add the .REG extension and save it to the location indicated.

    You should now be able to delete the entry and try things out.
    If that isn't it, you can go back in regedit and click IMPORT, which will replace the entry as it was.
    You can also go directly to the .REG file and click on it. It will ask if you want to send this to the registry?
    Click YES and it will do the same thing.

    Al little bit more on Desktop Namespaces at ICONS A little bit dated but should apply.
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