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File Won't Delete

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by doescher4, Jan 15, 2002.

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  1. doescher4

    doescher4 Thread Starter

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    I have a picture file on my desktop that I am trying to delete and whenever I right click to delete it, it causes my computer to crash. I have tried renaming it and I cant do that either. Is there any way I can get rid of this file?

    thanx,
    Lori
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Do a find, files, desktop, right click on it there, then delete it.
     
  3. Dark Star

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    Have you tried dragging it into the recycle bin?

    ............Just click and hold down while you drag it over to it's final destination.

    How did this picture get on your desktop to begin with?

    DS
     
  4. Raphael

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    How about deleting it from DOS? Start >Programs>MS Dos Prompt> cd desktop (Enter)
    dir (Enter)
    del "folder name" (Enter)
     
  5. doescher4

    doescher4 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I couldnt get any of those ideas to work. The problem with the file is that my son named it and he gave it a really long name. This seems to be the problem. Whenever I try to do anything with it, I get the message " this program has performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown". I cant even rename it. This has made our desktop go into the desktop recovery mode. Any other suggestions on how I can get rid of this file??

    Thanks
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Try it in safemode.
     
  7. doescher4

    doescher4 Thread Starter

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    Tried it in safe mode...same thing happens. I get the norton crash guaard box saying: the program, "program manager" caused the error: Access Violation. The program tried to examine invalid data at that location, or the data was off-limits to the program.

    Lori
     
  8. ~Candy~

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    Try turning the Norton crashguard off first.....then go back and try some of the other suggestions.
     
  9. Rollin' Rog

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    What is the exact name of the file? And have you done an updated antivirus scan? There are some that appear to be "pic" files.

    Can you determine the DOS shortname (MS-DOS Name)
    of the file by right clicking on it and selecting "properties"
     
  10. dhitman13

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    try scanreg or going back to a date before it was put on your desktop. that may take care of the problem and good luck;)
     
  11. Raphael

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    in ms dos, the file name is "seven letters~1", did you have trouble finding the file, or did it just not delete?
     
  12. Trboy13

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    well if you cant delete the file, then try and delete the folder it is in. It worked for me before.
     
  13. Rollin' Rog

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    If it's on the destop, you don't want to delete the whole folder, as that will take down all the files and shortcuts you may have there. However the individual file can be deleted in DOS if the shortname can be identified.
     
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