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Solved: File causes Windows Explorer to go nuts. Cannot delete!

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by krisjavea1, Feb 23, 2014.

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  1. krisjavea1

    krisjavea1 Thread Starter

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    Hi guys.

    My Windows 8 laptop has been playing up a bit recently, most notably with the green ribbon of death problem and a couple of other things to do with indexing. I seem to have fixed the issues, but one thing that is still causing a problem is this one file in my Downloads folder. It is a .wav file which was a free (legal) download from soundcloud. When I first downloaded it (September last year), from what I can remember, it worked fine. Somewhere between then and now it seems to have got corrupted or something. I know it is this file causing the problems because not only will the song not play, it crashes Windows Media Player and crashes Windows Explorer when I try to delete it, move it, rename it etc. I've tried deleting it using Shredder, no luck. I have also tried the Unlocker program to attempt to delete it and it crashed that too. All of these things also happened in Safe mode, so no luck with deleting it there. I also tried deleting it with Command Prompt with no luck. I think that file may have been causing the majority, if not all of the problems I was having before. Earlier today I opened Task Manager and kept it as the first window, and then opened Downloads, clicking on each file one by one while monitoring Windows Explorer's CPU usage. For each file it remained low, well under 10% but then AS SOON as I click on the dodgy file it's CPU usage shot up to 50-70% and caused the green ribbon of death to come back above it. Even after closing Downloads the CPU stayed high prompting a restart of Explorer.

    In a nutshell.. when I try to delete this corrupt file, nothing happens. No pop up message, nothing to do with recycle bin. When I try to rename it or open it's properties it crashes Windows Explorer.

    If any of this sounds familiar, I would really appreciate your help! I just want this file gone :( I can also provide any further information you may need.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Do a checkdisk. Right click on drive C, choose Properties > Tools tab > Check Now button. Reboot to the the repair run.
     
  3. krisjavea1

    krisjavea1 Thread Starter

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    Hey lunarlander. I did actually do a chkdsk but it gave me the response of no errors. It's so strange..
     
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