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File Deletion Questions

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BlackFireNov, Aug 23, 2004.

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  1. BlackFireNov

    BlackFireNov Thread Starter

    Aug 22, 2004
    Using Windows XP Pro, fully patched, on 2.8GHZ PIV, 512 Ram 120GB HDD

    I have several questions.

    1. Frequently I go to the 'Local Settings/Temp' folder in my user folder to delete the files there, as I have found that Disk Cleanup doesn't seem to know about that folder, and doesn't clean it up.
    Q: Is there any way to add that location to Disk Cleanup's list of areas to clean out?

    2. Many times when I go to the folder mentioned above, I want to highlight all of the files in the folder, and mass delete them. Naturally there are always a few which are "in use" and so the delete routine fails as soon as it reaches one of the "in use" files, and one has to then try and work around those.
    Q: Is there a way to select a mass of files for deletion, and to have it simply ignore files in use, but continue and delete all of the rest of the files selected that are NOT in use?

    Alternatively, is there a utility (preferrably freeware) which is available which will allow the selection of a group of files for deletion, and delete all possible files in the group, ignoring those which are "in use"?

    3. Finally, is there an available utility, either in the OS, or other, which will allow one to select a file which is marked "in use" (as per above), and then target or identify the program or process which is "using" that file?

    Thanks for your help

  2. VaporTrace


    Aug 1, 2004
    A vbs script should handle all the utility jobs you described. There are numerous sites that have sample VBS scripts where all you would need to do is look for the path that is provided and change it to what you want. Most likely you'll find exactly what you want if it is a common request.
  3. Jackiefrost9


    Jun 16, 2004
    for your third question, I use wholockme. you can right click on the file that is 'in use' and click on wholockme and it will tell you what is using the file. If it is an avi file I can give you seperate instructions on how to delete that.

    www.google.com search for wholockme
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