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Unable to delete dll file

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by joearmitage, Apr 28, 2008.

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  1. joearmitage

    joearmitage Thread Starter

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    I recently uninstalled Acrobat Reader. It appears that all traces of the application, registry entries etc. have been deleted except for one. I cannot delete c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\pdfshell.dll. I get access denied messages, even when trying to delete the file in safe mode. Can somebody please help.
     
  2. NICK G

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    Doesn't hurt to leave it but to delete it you need to unregister it.
    start/run/regsvr32 pathTo\pdfshell.dll /u
    In my system path To is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\pdfshell.dll
    End file with a space and /u
    Good luck.:)
    example:
    start/run/regsvr32 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\pdfshell.dll /u
     
  3. joearmitage

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    Thanks for the early reply. I tried as you suggested, running regsvr32 - I got the message saying unregister of dll was successful, but still got access denied when trying to delete the actual file.
     
  4. NICK G

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    I thought I had done this before but that is a pesky file.
    Tried killbox and moveonboot, both apps I have used before, but still will not access.
    When I, or someone else, find a way, be back.:)
     
  5. Elvandil

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    It creates the context menu entry for Acrobat. It should be unloaded after the next reboot and may even be scheduled in PendingFileRenameOperations to be deleted. But, you can make sure:

    Unlocker
    Emco Move On Boot
    UnlockIt
    FreeFile

    WhyReboot shows what entries are in that key so you can see what changes will be made on next boot and decide after an installation whether you need to reboot when you are told to by the installer. Beware that not all reboot operations are contained in this key. Sysinternals' pendmoves does the same thing. If you see that dll listed, for example, then you know that it will be deleted on next boot. The above apps just place that file name into that registry key.
     
  6. White Wolf 00

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    I have deleted that same file by rebooting into safe mode and using Windows Explorer to find and delete the file. Worked for me
     
  7. Elvandil

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    That will work, but the other ways mean 1 boot and not 2.
     
  8. NICK G

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    Safe mode is still protected file.
    I did it this way:
    run regsvr.exe /u "c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat\activex\pdfshell.dll"
    (of course put your path in this command)
    I then deleted it with no prob.:) (whatever works(y))
     
  9. White Wolf 00

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    Hi Nick,

    Just a way I found that worked for me. Not sure of other ways but if you say it works...all the better lol
    Thanks.

    Rob
     
  10. NICK G

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    (y) Yeah, pesky little devil but good brain food.
    After I tried all of the ways above, I unregistered file and deleted.
    But then I couldn't move my copy back in place. Oh great. Protected.:eek:
    But I just reinstalled 8.1 over the top and all was OK again.
    Fun.:)
    Hope you get it, Joe.(y)
     
  11. joearmitage

    joearmitage Thread Starter

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    Finally cracked it. It turned out be a permissions issued. Granted full access to administrators then was able to delete file. Thanks to all for the input.

    Joe
     
  12. Elvandil

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    You can mark your own threads "solved" using the Thread Tools above.
     
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