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'file in use' error

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cynestria, Dec 16, 2002.

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  1. cynestria

    cynestria Thread Starter

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    I was going through my mass of stuff, deleting the files (mostly video clips) I don't need any more, and one of them said it was still in use. the specific wording was "it is being used by another person or program. close any programs that might be trying to use the program and try again." So I closed everything. Tried again. Same error message. I rebooted, tried again, same error. How do I get this thing off my computer?
     
  2. Mosaic1

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    Boot to Safe Mode and see if it will allow you to delete it from there. Also, what's the file extension please? Avi or Mpeg? ther's an issue with avi's and Win XP.
     
  3. DudleyDoRite

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    I get the same prob. safe mode doenst' even delete them. I have to boot up on a win98se startup disk and delete the files in DOS. The files are avi. I download movies off imesh and watch them with WMP, then after, I cant' delete them. Whats the issue with XP and avi? Is there a workaround without rebooting to DOS?
     
  4. Mosaic1

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    Yes. there is a trick. It involves using Task Manager to end explorer.exe and using the command prompt to remove the file. Then restarting Explorer.exe.

    From:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm
     
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