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Can't delete a file in the recycle bin

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by loppylugs, Feb 14, 2005.

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  1. loppylugs

    loppylugs Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I'm using Windows XP - the other day I scanned a film negative into Adobe Photoshop, tweaked it then saved it. Yesterday I was tidying up and binned the file because I no longer needed it. Then, doing routine PC 'maintenance' I went to empty my Recycle Bin and couldn't remove this particular file. I get the message: "Cannot delete Dc4: It is being used by another program or person. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again." The filename is actually Scans2. I know of no programs running that might be using this scan. I read some other help sites, downloaded a utility called Mboot but couldn't select the file to drag and drop into Mboot's space. I can't rename it, move it, restore it or delete it ! I give up - I know this isn't a major problem but I worry about viruses and the like - I have Norton Firewall and anti-virus etc. all up to date.

    Cheers, Karen
     
  2. RAM-PAGE

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    Hello Karen, Have you tried re-booting?
     
  3. Skivvywaver

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    If you can't get rid of it any other way boot into safe mode, tap f8 as you boot. Once in safe mode it should be able to be deleted. If not, post a HiJack This log in security.
     
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  5. loppylugs

    loppylugs Thread Starter

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    Hi all

    Well, I went for the easiest option first - after trying for the past day and a bit to get rid of this file - I did as suggested by Skivvywaver - I rebooted in Safe Mode and guess what - no file in the recycle bin so I couldn't empty it (but I went through the keystrokes anyway). Rebooted in Normal Mode and the file was back but this time, lo and behold a delete worked fine - go figure. I'm a happy bunny so thanks one and all !!

    Cheers, Karen
     
  6. RAM-PAGE

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    Yep, re-booting often does the trick. Learned that one on Windows ME.
     
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