Can't delete a file - says it is in use but isn't.



boe
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that isn't
being used but I can't delete it.

Things I've tried -
Check properties - no read only or anything like that
Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename

I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
happened on too many different systems with different protection of
different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
Windows I haven't learned yet.

My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them that
way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.

Thanks

S.Sengupta
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm

regards,
ssg MS-MVP

boe wrote:

> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that isn't
> being used but I can't delete it.
>
> Things I've tried -
> Check properties - no read only or anything like that
> Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
> boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename
>
> I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
> happened on too many different systems with different protection of
> different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
> Windows I haven't learned yet.
>
> My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them that
> way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.
>
> Thanks
>
>

steve
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
have you tried deleting via cmd line it usually works for me
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"boe" wrote:

> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that isn't
> being used but I can't delete it.
>
> Things I've tried -
> Check properties - no read only or anything like that
> Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
> boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename
>
> I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
> happened on too many different systems with different protection of
> different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
> Windows I haven't learned yet.
>
> My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them that
> way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.
>
> Thanks
>
>
>

boe
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
Thanks - I've never tried that before. It didn't delete the file but I'll
add that to the things I try next time for another file I can't delete.

"S.Sengupta" <ssengupta_@msn.com> wrote in message
news:uHEMBGIXFHA.584@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm
>
> regards,
> ssg MS-MVP
>
> boe wrote:
>
>> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that
>> isn't being used but I can't delete it.
>>
>> Things I've tried -
>> Check properties - no read only or anything like that
>> Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
>> boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename
>>
>> I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
>> happened on too many different systems with different protection of
>> different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
>> Windows I haven't learned yet.
>>
>> My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them
>> that way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.
>>
>> Thanks

boe
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
I should have posted that I tried that without luck - I thought about it
afterwards but never remembered to list it.

"steve" <steve@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:66342C1C-C375-453D-89B6-79C51BCF47BA@microsoft.com...
> have you tried deleting via cmd line it usually works for me
> --
> there are no problems, just challenges
>
>
> "boe" wrote:
>
>> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that
>> isn't
>> being used but I can't delete it.
>>
>> Things I've tried -
>> Check properties - no read only or anything like that
>> Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
>> boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename
>>
>> I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
>> happened on too many different systems with different protection of
>> different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
>> Windows I haven't learned yet.
>>
>> My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them
>> that
>> way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>>
>>

boe
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
I am sadly mistaken - it did delete the file - I was listing by cmd and
didn't notice it was the directory that remained, not the file. Thanks!!!!

"S.Sengupta" <ssengupta_@msn.com> wrote in message
news:uHEMBGIXFHA.584@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm
>
> regards,
> ssg MS-MVP
>
> boe wrote:
>
>> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that
>> isn't being used but I can't delete it.
>>
>> Things I've tried -
>> Check properties - no read only or anything like that
>> Go to CMD promp - attrib - no attributes
>> boot in safe mode - still can't delete or rename
>>
>> I have virus protection and a firewall that are up to date. This has
>> happened on too many different systems with different protection of
>> different file types for this to be a virus. It must be a setting within
>> Windows I haven't learned yet.
>>
>> My only solution so far has to boot off another drive and delete them
>> that way - I'm sure there is a better way but I don't know it.
>>
>> Thanks

Plato
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
boe wrote:
>
> I've had this happen a few times. I'll copy a file to my system that isn't
> being used but I can't delete it.

http://www.bootdisk.com/xptop20.htm#8







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Can't delete a file - says it is in use but isn't.