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Can't Delete Stuck File - error message: used by a program


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scottportraits

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May 28

Hello,

Occasionally a file gets 'stuck' in a folder and all efforts to delete it are met with an error message. The error is that "a person or program is using this file, close the program and try again".

No other apps are running, but this file (and others from time to time) just refuse to be deleted or moved. I would rather not boot-up in safe-mode and try to delete it from there.....since this one defied that strategy. It is a 600MB+ video file.

Why do some files get stuck like this from time to time??
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Just reboot the computer and then try to delete it. Some anti-virus programs may have tried to scan it, terminated it abnormally and then not let go.
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Well, I tried rebooting, but that file still stayed stuck.....'another program is using it' error. Noticed the little icon to the left of the title was greyed out.

So I rebooted again in safe-mode and deleted it from there successfully.

I just wonder why some files get stuck like this from time to time....it also refused to be scanned by the anti-virus program.

Thanks, it's deleted now, along with whatever virus or bug it had in it.

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