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Solved: Cannot delete file ('used by another person/program & not a valid Win32 app')

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Carmelia, Jan 28, 2006.

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  1. Carmelia

    Carmelia Thread Starter

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    I downloaded an .exe file but cancelled the download before it finished. Now, it's sitting on my desktop and I can't delete it. For the past few days, it kept saying that the file is being used by another person or program. Even though the list of applications in the Task Manager was empty, I still couldn't delete it. I wasn't familiar enough with the processes to know which process to end, but I've a hunch it's explorer.exe. Now when I try to delete the same file, it says that it is not a valid Win32 application. FYI, I've tried using Killbox to delete it but it didn't work.

    Is there a way to delete this file?
     
  2. flynstone

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    What is the full name of the file and have you tried Googling it for any known problems??

    Have you tried in Safe Mode??
     
  3. Carmelia

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    SetupRubies095.exe

    I haven't Googled it, but I don't think there should be any problems. It's a setup for a game.

    I'll try safe mode now.
     
  4. Carmelia

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    Just tried deleting the file in safe mode. It doesn't work and it's back to the 'being used by another person or program' message.
     
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  6. Carmelia

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    Finally.

    Thanks!
     
  7. valis

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    glad to help.....comes in handy....if you are satisfied, you can mark this thread closed at the upper right under 'thread tools'.

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