Solved: Cannot Delete Files in Vista...

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TFerguson

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Trying to delete a video game .iso file from my computer. I keep getting the error message "windows cannot delete this file because it is being used in another program"...

I have tried several methods to no avail. I have tried:

1. Uninstalling the game
2. Unmounting all virtual drives.
3. Deleting all virtual drives.
4. Uninstalling all ISO programs (Magic ISO, Dameon Tools etc.)
5. Several Shutdowns and Reboots
6. Booting in safe mode
7. Creating a new admin account and trying to delete from there.
8. Deleting with DOS (ran as Admin)
9. Deleting with DOS (as Admin) with explorer.exe killed in Task Manager.


Basically everything I can think of. I get the same error message every time, even in DOS mode. I am pretty sure the file isn't being used by anything else, as I have deleted any program that can read .iso files. Since I downloaded the game on BitTorrent, I even went ahead and uninstalled BitTorrent and deleted all folders associated with BitTorrent in the event this might have something to do with the problem.

Also, the .iso file is functional. I played the game a few times and decided to delete it to free up some space on my hard drive, so I have no reason to suspect the file is corrupt, nor have I had any other problems with my computer. It just bugs me that I cant delete it.
 

TFerguson

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Ok. I found the problem. The Magic ISO virtual drive was apparently malfunctioning and would not unmount the image. When I uninstalled the virtual drives, I forgot to uninstall the RAID/SCSI host controller for the Magic ISO virtual drive. So basically when I removed the drive and rebooted, the drive would re-install at login. Once I got rid of the host controllers for the Magic ISO virtual drive, I was able to delete the file.
 
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