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Help - Can't Delete a File

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by tpr007, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. tpr007

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    I downloaded some MP3's and they are in MY Documents folder in Windows XP

    However, I right-clicked on the file to delete it and it took ages for the pop up menu to display, but after clicking delete it took ages and an error message popped up saying it is use by another program and cannot be deleted.

    I have since re-booted my machine and tried again, same result.
    I re-booted again and tried to drag it into the recycle bin - same result
    My system goes extremely slow as soon as i even highlight the file.

    I have rebooted again and deleted other MP3's with no problem

    I tried even re-naming the file and the same error messag ("In Use...")

    any ideas on how to get rid of it! I have done a full system virus scan also

    (i also checked it wasn't "Read Only" - took about 1 minute for the 'properties' page to load :eek: )
     
  2. smallman28

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    I am very new to XP,but isn't there a way you can add files such as MP3's to be copied to a CD at some point.
    Isn't this indicated by a CD symbol in the tray next to the clock.
    I did something similar myself the other week.
    Maybe your system is anticipating you are going to write this file to a cd so is stopping you from deleting it,only a guess very new to XP!
     
  3. tpr007

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    please ignore now - i found the DOS prompt shortcut in the windows directory and deleted it that way!
     
  4. VintageMark

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    Hi...

    I've seen this a couple of times in Windows... although its not Windows itself... (Usually its some application which is auto starting at Boot and grabbing the file for its own reasons)...

    Youre best bet is to boot into Windows safe mode... (press F8 before Windows starts and select 'Safe Mode')...

    Once Safe mode is started open Explorer and delete the file... then reboot back into Windows normally and the problem should be solved...

    Hope that helps...

    Mark.





    Arghh.... I just typed this up as you added youre post! :)
     
  5. Ayub

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    you wernt using winmx were you?
     

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