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    billeger
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    Files won't delete (Pro, SP 1)

    After installing SP1 I decided the hard drive was long overdue for a cleanup. I noted a folder that I had put in way too long ago to help a mechanic client who had problems with an auto diagnostic service to which he subscribes. Bottom line is I had to install the system -- which I didn't have much interest in -- and when his problem was solved I didn't uninstall it, thinking he might need help again. It was about a gigabyte of files, 40,000+ of them. Ooops.

    I highlighted the main folder which brought the information that my system had no interest whatsoever in helping me delete all that. Hmmm. Dialog box said something about somebody else was using the file. Looked around and I'm the only one in the room. No network, anyway. So I went to the bottom of the list and started deleting, working my way up on smaller chunks (The program wasn't installed so no Add/Remove Software entry.) I got virtually all the files out of there but four folders remain with about 356k of small files. They won't go away no matter what I do.

    They show 'read only' properties which won't clear. It would be good to have them totally out of there though it's clear most of my disc waste is taken care of. <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Files won't delete (Pro, SP 1)

    Log in using the Administrator account, NOT one with Admin rights, and try and delete them.

    I think you will find that the account that you are logged in as has these files in use, because of some startup action.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Files won't delete (Pro, SP 1)

    You may have to go into Registry and delete any remnants from there. I have had to do that plenty of times. I download and try out different freeware. So ever so often I go into the Registry and clean that stuff out of any left over stuff that has to do with those programs. The Key Word Being { of those programs }.

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    Re: Files won't delete (Pro, SP 1)

    This may be one of those times that XP just sets up another little mystery. During the course of trying to delete that forest of files, I was restarting the system at least three times. And frequently emptying the trash. (I don't recycle, I dump my cyber trash wherever I feel like. Doesn't show but mice <img src=/S/mice.gif border=0 alt=mice width=50 height=25> get after it every now and then. )

    Anyway, after reading the helpful Cowboy and Dave inputs, I checked and, sure enough, I'm an administrator. Last week I couldn't spell it and now I are one! Been one all along, as it turns out. So that settled, I went on Explorer and the stupid folder disappeared just as it should have done a couple of hours ago. Only thing I can figure is that I was having a balky WORD earlier and did a detect and repair sequence which configured XP one more time. There is no justice in the world of computers, only cold reality. <img src=/S/snore.gif border=0 alt=snore width=32 height=15>

    Many thanks to Dave and Cowboy for your good help, effective as always!
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    Re: Files won't delete (Pro, SP 1)

    You've probably finished the job by now, so this is probably moot. Fred Langa has a few thoughts from not only himself, but newsletter readers as well on his web site. Since this topic has come up so many times in this forum, he might be worth a read for others as well as Bill.

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