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deleting files in win2kpro

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fef, Sep 16, 2004.

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  1. fef

    fef Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2004
    in explorer i attempted to copy a small graphics file to the a drive but inadvertently placed it in the c drive. the file is in winnt/system32/config.
    whenever i try to delete it i get an error message saying it's a shared file and i cannot delete. i deleted the original file i was trying to copy so there can't be a shared file. can someone plz help me out in how it can be removed from the winnt directory. thanks sooo much!
  2. bearone2

    bearone2 Banned

    Jun 4, 2004
    try moving it to a temp file then deleting it.

    windows is trying to protect you from an inadvertent removal of a file it thinks it needs.
  3. MFDnNC


    Sep 7, 2004
    If you are 100% sure of the file, do it in safe mode.
  4. Saga Lout

    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004
    Since the System32\config directory constitutes part of the Registry, I think you're unlikely to delete this whilst WIndows is running. There is a way to delete files by disabling Explorer in Task Manager but it's probably simpler to use a boot up floppy to get to the DOS menu and delete it that way.
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