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

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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
 
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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!
 

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.
 
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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?

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