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Can't empty Recycle Bin

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by APartain, Apr 2, 2004.

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  1. APartain

    APartain Thread Starter

    Mar 5, 2001
    Hi! I have amassed quite a number of files in my recycle bin, but when I try to empty it, I get this error message:

    "Can't delete (insert file name). It is being used by another program." (and various other similar messages)

    I get the same thing when I try to delete individual files. Some of them, it will delete, but most of them it will not.

    What can I do? (I have Win XP, btw)
    Thanks for your assistance,
    A. Partain
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    Mar 15, 2001
  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Didn't see any solutions on that other forum.

    What are the types of files that won't delete.

    A few ideas. Make sure you do these with nothing started beforehand. Also I assume you have done a good spyware and virus scan and have not installed programs like Kazaa.

    1. Try logging in as the administrator and see if you can empty the Recycle bin.

    2. Boot to safe mode.

    3. You might try booting to DOS (F8 during the boot process), go to the directory where the recycle bin is and empty it.

    4. Run a Chkdsk at the next reboot
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