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Cant delete file on desktop


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Tornel

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Never seen something like this happen before but here it goes. My friend recently downloaded VLC media player, and the first time he tried to download it, it had an error downloading, and he had to download it again. But since it had an error the first time, is is 0KB in size and he cannot delete it. We have tried various things to get rid of it(renaming,safe mode, clearing cache, temp files, etc) all to no avail. The error message we get is the generic "Cannot delete because it is in use by another person or program", but when in safe mode, no unusual processes are running and are still not able to delete it. If anyone has an idea as to what could be causing this, we would appreciate it.
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Guest_rushin1nd_*

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try using unlocker

after download and install

go to file right click then click unlocker i

if that dont work try renaming the file and use unlocker again

then reboot

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
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SRX660

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Heres another method to try if unlocker does not help.

Thanks to MS-MVP Kelly Theriot for this tip.

Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe. Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in. At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close Task Manager.

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Tornel

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The command prompt method worked. Thanks sooooo much :whistling:.
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