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    Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Hello,

    On one of our PCs with WinXP Pro, a user cannot delete many files.
    Just doesn't work!

    And Right Mouse Button produces a strange new pop-up menu (as shown).

    Any clues? Seems like some kind of virus, by my antivirus patch is kept upto-date.

    Thanks very much.

    Bob.

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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Here's another screenshot showing errors on the same PC when you try to delete some of the folders with these problem files.

    Help!!!!!

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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    That sounds so dubious that I would cheerfully suggest a reformat/reinstall...
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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Before doing such a destructive action, no way to back out action, I would do a couple other things first.

    Open a command window and enter: chkdsk

    Does it indicate any errors? If so you can run chkdsk /F - this will likely schedule a chkdsk for the next reboot.

    Have you run a thorough virus scan?

    Are you running with NTFS or FAT32?

    What happens if another user (like the Administrator) tries to delete it?

    Format is the last option you should take.
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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    <hr>Format is the last option you should take<hr>
    Even if it was suggested cheerfully? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> I noted that the option to delete does not even appear on the context menu. Quite possibly it has to do with a damaged registry?
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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    If it's not to late, I came across this tip at PC-Pages:

    How to delete an undeletable file
    (It would be interesting to know if this works!)

    That is just one of a number of useful tips on that page, I list them all here as they may be picked up by other users searching this forum for a solution...
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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Leif,
    I've used this several times. It comes in handy for files that XP seems to grab right away such as the index.dat file in TIF.

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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Does the user really have permission to delete the files? Are these local or network files? Can the user take ownership of the files?

    Joe
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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Is the account that is being used a "Limited" account?

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

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    Re: Can't delete many files? (XP)

    Try going into Safe Mode - maybe something is loading at start up that is grabbing that file - as a side note - if you run msconfig (Start, run, msconfig) to see what starts during startup - you can temporarily disable individual items to see if that helps.

    you might also try sfc/scannow from the run menu - it will check the integrity of the system files - you will probably need the OS install disk.
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