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Old August 13th 04, 12:46 AM
Pete Mitch
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Default Xp Can't delete file solution:

As no one in MS will take my call here is a known
solution for the can't delete DOS file from XP, its a
work around as MS have no solution for it at present
(well I can't find one) and the problem is with

MACHINE EVEN AFTER REBOOT (usually on desktop).


Windows XP all versions (including Sp2)

Recreation example:

Try executing a MacAfee Anti-Virus dat update EXE
(www.nai.com) on a desktop and then try getting rid of
it. This problem is not exclusive to these EXEs's and
seems to effect many DOS based EXEs.


Message appears when you try to delete the file: "Cannot
delete, file: It is being used by another person or
program. Close any programs that might be using the file
and try again." Even after you have rebooted the error
message reappears when you try to delete the file. There
seems to be no process for the file in task manager.


First use www.sysinternals.com process explorer and
search for the handle of the file (i.e. what process is
running it). If it is explorer.exe (which is likely if it
is still running after reboot) try the following.

Open a command prompt by typing cmd in the command line.
Press ALT-CTRL-DEL to bring up the task manager
processes - Select explorer.exe and then the 'End
Process' button.

Bring up the already open Command Prompt. Then just type
in the syntax to delete the problem files (i.e. navigate
to the file and then type Del filename). Then press ALT-
CTRL-DEL to bring up the task manager again and click on
the 'New Task' button. Type explorer.exe and click OK.

You're done.

Old August 13th 04, 01:29 AM
The Unknown P
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Default Xp Can't delete file solution:

LOL LOL. Oh Mitch you do go on . To begin with programs like WhoLockMe will
tell you what process to close to delete a file. Secondly files are easily
deleted in Safe Mode if you know what you are doing. Why waste your time with
MS? There is rarely a problem that if posted with the correct and sufficient
info can't be fixed by someone in these NG's. You should know that XP does
not have DOS. It is not written on or over DOS and so does not have it. It
has a DOS emulator called a Command line interface but this is not to be
mistaken for true DOS. {]:~)


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