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Cannot Delete File!

Discussion in 'Software' started by Professor-Falken, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

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    Cannot delete could someone tell me why?
    Cannot delete file cannot read from the source file or disk?


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  2. r.h.lee

    r.h.lee Gigabyte Poster

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    Professor-Falken,

    Which file are you trying to delete?
     
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  3. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

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    Come on dude, need input.
     
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  4. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Is the file being used by another program etc. If it is then shut the program first
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    M$ knowledgebase suggests that this error will appear when you have a file with an invalid filename.

    But more info than you have given so far would help pin this down.

    Harry.
     
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  6. pvp

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    See that file is not being currently used
    Also see sessions to see if others are using it if it is in Network
    Also check the security properties to see that u hav sufficent right to delete it
     
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  7. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    i've had experiences in the past with some files that refused to delete. apparently they were always in use, even after reboots (and no it wasnt system files). the only way i could get rid of them was to boot into safe mode and deleted the file (in one or two instances i needed to delete from the command prompt for some reason).

    I have to agree with the others though. we need more info - your request is on par with a user phoning up and saying: 'my pc wont work, fix it'.

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  8. GmanUK

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    -----> said in an irish accent:

    "have you tried to turn it off and back on again?" :gaz
     
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  9. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    "are you sure its plugged in?" - on a hijack note, i want one of those machines he had for answering the phone.
     
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  10. nugget
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    Well, it wont delee because a) it's being used by another program, or b) what you're seeing is a ghost and the file is already deleted, just the reference to it is still there.

    Right click on the file and check the properties of the file. Clear the check box that says read only and try deleting the file. If that doesn't work then as Fergal pointed out, try booting in safe mode and deleting from there.

    Failing that, you can download a little program called Unlocker here .
     
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  11. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    course, you could always just right click on my computer, select manage, and release the file from within there (shares\open shares i think)
     
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  12. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    why dont we all wait until the Professor comes back in and lets us know whats happening?
     
  13. Bluerinse
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    My guess, as this was posted around the same time as the prof's wallpaper issue, is that he has now located the file he wants to delete but the system won't let him, probably because it is in use.

    I could be wrong, but scant info leads to guessing and random fumbling pondering :rolleyes:
     
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  14. Professor-Falken

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    Please dont be mad guys. But for now just disregard this message.
    Thanks for your help.

    Professor Falken
     
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