Solved: Getting rid of "incomplete" files in XP

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Ron the Geek

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Normally, I have no problem getting rid of files in an "incomplete" folder by simply selecting and deleting them. I have some files on an eMachines laptop, however, that just won't budge. And, of course, they are part of adult files—you know the ones with the extremely long names—that I really need to get rid of. Left my utilities disk at home but hoping that Unlocker might do the trick when I retrieve it at lunch. If not, or if someone has another idea, please advise!! Thanks!
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Ron the Geek

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Okay, Unlocker was of no help. I fixed it, but I would like some clarification from someone out there as to why... I simply went to the command prompt and deleted them there. What I would like to know is why. Why couldn't they be deleted in Windows but could be at the command prompt? Thanks!
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Maybe the file was being used by some process....had it happen to me a couple of times....were you trying to delete what was in the folder or the folder it self?
 

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I tried everything while in Windows: Deleting one file at a time, both .mpg's, the folder... The thing is, I wasn't in safe mode or anything—so I guess I didn't stop any running processes. I just went to the command prompt and used the "del" command (aahh, the old DOS days...) and without a whimper, they were gone. Weird.
 
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