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WinXP-HomeSP2 Files ending with dot, getting rid of them

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  1. tfsmith

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    I downloaded a pdf file that had a dot at the end e.g. page.pdf.
    It is zero length, shows in explorer as a system, hidden file.
    Can not delete or move. I can move a directory with one of these
    files in it but I can't do that with My Documents.
    Error message:
    Cannot move file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.
    Did a run cmd and tried move and del and attrib. no help.
    Got any ideas? tom
     
  2. pip22

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    Hope the attached text file helps.
     

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    If my last post didn't help, you can download a small, free utility which runs in Windows
    but deletes the target file when you re-start, before Windows has time to lock it.
    It's called 'MoveOnBoot' and it's here:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Boot-Manager-Disk/MoveOnBoot.shtml

    It will add itself to the menu when you right-click any file in Windows Explorer - - giving you the option to 'delete on re-boot'. Never fails when I use it!
     
  4. tfsmith

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    I tried both the manual and the automated
    suggestions. They didn't work. Tried both Shutdown and Restart.

    Target C:\Junk\110804Editor.pdf.

    An attempt to delete the directory in Windows Explorer:
    Note the lack of the dot after the file name in the response.

    Error Deleting File or Folder
    Cannot delete 1108804Editor.pdf: Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and file name.

    Is the dot at the end of the file name a known Windows convention?
    You seem to assume that the file is "locked" by the system.
     
  5. RAM-PAGE

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    Can you delete the entire Junk folder?
     
  6. pip22

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    Sorry it didn't work, and 'No', the dot and the end of a filename is not a recognised Windows convention for naming files -- I guess that's why my suggestions didn't work.
    The expression 'file locked by Windows' was a deliberate assumption -- that's the cause of being unable to delete a file within Windows in 99% of cases. Being 'locked by Windows' also includes being locked by a running Windows application. The methods I suggested have always worked for me, but then I've never had a problem file with a 'dot' at the end. Short of doing a complete re-install, which sounds ridiculous and extreme for the sake of just one file, I don't know what else to suggest.
    Anyone else with a probable fix to offer?
     
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    Are you using NTFS or can you delete it with ren & del from an ME bootdiskette?

    Tried anyone you know, and trust, with the remote assistance feature?

    E.G.

    X would like your assistance. A personal message may be included below.

    You can easily provide assistance from your computer by following the instructions at:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/RemoteAssistance/RA.asp


    Caution:

    * Accept invitations only from people you know and trust.
    * E-mail messages can contain viruses or other harmful attachments.
    * Before opening the attachment, review the security precautions and information at the above address.

    Personal message:

    Password
     
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