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    Quicktime

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    Don't know if this is the right place to post this. I had QuickTime installed at one time. Something else I needed to install wanted to use QuickTime, tried to install the latest version and that's when it all went very, very ugly. I no longer have the application installed. However, Windows/System32 contains a QuickTime folder with numerous files that I cannot delete, cannot uninstall, cannot install the latest version over it, etc. Claims it's in use, read-only etc., etc., etc. Do a Ctrl+Alt+Delete and check the active processes and applications. Cannot find any evidence QT is open or what's using these files.

    ANY clue as to WHAT has it open, HOW I can get rid of it (and maybe install a good version?)

    Thanks!

    Jo Byrd

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    Re: Quicktime

    When you say "...cannot uninstall..." do you mean that the QuickTime app has NOT been successfully uninstalled from your Add/Remove list? If the QT app IS already uninstalled, you could try booting to safe mode to see if you can delete those files. If it were me, I think I would MOVE them to some junk directory, just in case. Windows XP is very possessive about deleting files sometimes and I'm not sure there is one solid reason why. As a matter of fact, I think I'll move this thread to the XP Forum after I post this, since I don't "think" we have a QT question here, rather an XP anomoly. Keep us posted.

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    Re: Quicktime

    As I said, I wasn't sure I posted this in the right place.

    Did have a thought: checked the QuickTime folder properties and it's read only. I've tried - several times - to change this, to no avail. I'll change it from read only, apply, try to delete the folder and again it tells me it's write protected, in use...

    The problems started when some software I installed wanted, as part of what it needed, to install the latest version of QT. It apparently didn't uninstall properly, these files refuse to let go, so now I'm stuck. Any program (such as the software for my digital camera) requiring QT won't work properly.

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    Re: Quicktime

    Don't waste your time trying to change the folder properties - see other posts on that topic. Try the safe mode thing first, MOVING rather than deleting if you want to be protected. If safe mode doesn't work, let us know. The scary or interesting thing will be whether QT will then ALLOW you to re-install ! ! There could be some remnant in the registry that's cobbling up the works. We'll have to see, a step at a time.

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    Re: Quicktime

    Thanks for the advice...it'll probably have to wait for the moment; I'm leaving tomorrow for a conference and will be gone most the next week. I'll let you know if I'm successful.

    Jo Byrd

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    Re: Quicktime

    Can't speak for XP specifically, but I do know that Quicktime is one of those apps that generates lots of complaints. Once you sort the current problem, you might want to try QuickTime Alternative 1.42:

    "QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.

    As a bonus, Internet Explorer will play all QuickTime movies that are embedded in a webpage. You do need a media player that is capable of playing QuickTime files. The included Media Player Classic supports it and works very well. The QuickTime Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape and Mozilla. The QuickTime plugins include iPIX and QuickTimeVR."

    <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware of course. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Quicktime

    Just wanted to let everyone know the problem is more or less solved. Being more brave than wise about diving head first into the Registry (AFTER taking the precaution of backing it up - a lesson learned the hard way. Of course) I went in and deleted every QT reference I could find.

    Only to not be able to access one of my favorite web sites because it apparently uses QT. Despite all doubts, I was able to install QT. Of course, it's acting weird, but since I do NOT use it as the default, not a problem. I can live with it, thank you very much.

    Thanks for all the advice. I appreciate it.

    Jo Byrd

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