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    Can't delete file-used by another person (XP Prof )

    Hi All,

    The accompanying screen shot shows a problem we've had deleting a file made with Pinnacle Studio. We were creating a number of avi files in Studio but this one turned out to be bad so we renamed it to remind us this one was to be deleted. When we went to delete it, we got the error msg as shown. This error msg came about when we used Shift+Delete to bypass the Recycle bin. If we used Delete, it went to the Recycle bin; but if we tried to delete from there, we got the same msg.

    The day before, we had another similar file (about 9GB) with the same issue. Restarted the PC and even turned it off and back on. Stil couldn't delete. Then I deleted some files from our Temp Internet Files folder and I was able to delete the 9GB avi file. This time, that solution did NOT work.

    So I did a search here and found <post#=400003>post 400003</post#> and <post#=399043>post 399043</post#>. Although not similar (they dealt with can't create a folder), I tried the suggestion in the KB article referenced in the latter post. That did the trick.

    My questions are:
    - with what program or person was this file being shared or used by? We didn't do anything to make it shared and there were no other programs running that would be using it (in fact there were no other programs running other than system tray programs when we turned on the PC).
    - Further, if something somehow was set to make this file shareable, wouldn't any file be affected in the same way? Of course, we don't have any files as big as 2 or 9 GB but is size an issue?
    - what about deleting files from the Temp Internet Files folder allowed me to delete the 9GB? Coincidence?

    TIA

    Fred

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    Re: Can't delete file-used by another person (XP P

    Also ,

    Open a command prompt .
    Start > Run , type in cmd , press Enter , copy & paste this line > rd /s c:recycler
    Press Enter .

    Or ,

    Start > All Programs > Accesssories > Command Prompt .
    Copy & paste this line > rd /s c:recycler
    Press Enter .

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    Re: Can't delete file-used by another person (XP P

    Thanks for the tips.

    There is no video3 folder anywhere on my PC. A search across all 6 logical drives found a fair number of "video" folders since we do a lot of movie recording. None of the "video" folders have anything to do with the file we couldn't delete (we named it something else w/o "video" in it).

    Also what does the "rd /s ..." command do. It looks like it may empty the recycle folder. That doesn't seem to be the problem. At least not now. The file in question could not be deleted from the recycle bin or from its folder. I moved it back to the folder it was in. After unchecking the share files option, I was able to delete it so I don't even have it anymore.

    Fred

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    Re: Can't delete file-used by another person (XP P

    what does the "rd /s ..." command do ?
    Yes Fred , it empties the recycle bin , if other methods fail .

    My questions are:
    Don't know the answers to above .

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    Re: Can't delete file-used by another person (XP P

    Edited by Bigaldoc to add URL code since the poster didn't take my hint to edit himself.[/i] See the Quick Guide or 1-Click TagPanel. The poster is reminded to use any or all of these links at your discretion!

    Open Explorer , click on the folder video3 & delete it's contents . Then right click on the empty folder & delete .

    Use Safe mode if this fails .

    How to start Windows XP in Safe mode
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...001060608000039[
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...p;Product=winxp

    ==================================

    Toggle F8 or Press Ctrl ( depends on your comp ) during bootup ( just before , verifying DMI pool , message comes on )
    Select Safe Mode .
    If that dos'nt work .
    In Windows , Start > Shut Down , select Restart in MS-Dos mode .
    At the DOS prompt , get to c:Windows> and then type in win.com /d:m , press Enter & it will reboot to Safe Mode .

    http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/howto/st...0,10060,00.html
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;EN-US;q180902
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgen...001052409420406

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    Other ways .

    XP
    Auto Delete Temporary Folder
    http://www.tweakxp.com/display.aspx?id=2021
    First go into gpedit.msc

    Next select -> Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Temporary Folder

    Then right click "Do Not Delete Temp Folder Upon Exit"

    Go to properties and hit disable.

    Now next time Windows puts a temp file in that folder it will automatically delete it when its done!

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    MoveOnBoot allows you to copiy, moves or delete files on the next system boot. This comes in very handy, if you need to replace or delete files which are locked by other applications, loaded into memory or cannot be changed until next system boot. You could manually enter a line to the wininit files, but using MoveOnBoot is much simpler, since the program can be integrated into shell - it creates the "Copy/Move/Delete on boot" context menu item.
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    Delete - Can't Delete Files or Folders
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm
    http://theeldergeek.com/delete_undeletable_file.htm
    Permission Denied - When Trying to Delete Folders/Files
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_d.htm

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