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Why I am unable to delete some files in Windows 7?

By Khurram.Shahid ·
Hi, I cannot delete certain files in Windows 7. They are mostly in ".mp4" & ".mkv" format. These files cannot be renamed also. I recieve the below message when I try to delete these files:

"THE ACTION CANNOT BE COMPLETED BECAUSE THE FILE IS OPEN IN WINDOWS EXPLORER.CLOSE & TRY AGAIN"

What is causing this problem & how to fix it? Looking forward to your response. Thanks :)

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by LocoLobo In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

Have you tried rebooting? That may get the offending program to release the files.

If you know which program it is you could use task manager to kill it. I assume 7 still has task manager or the equivalent.

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by Khurram.Shahid In reply to suggestions

That didnt work.......

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a few things

by markp24 In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

have your tried rebooting the system, then deleteing the files?
if that didnt work try rebooting, hit F8 after the bios screen, choose safe mode, try deleteing the files
If that fails try downloading and using "unlocker" (http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/)
that should do it,

let us know how it goes.

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by Khurram.Shahid In reply to a few things

Thanks a lot ............"unlocker" did the trick :)

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You are unable to delete or rename these files because

by OH Smeg In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

"THE ACTION CANNOT BE COMPLETED BECAUSE THE FILE IS OPEN IN WINDOWS EXPLORER.CLOSE & TRY AGAIN"

Windows is telling you that these files are in Use. Files that are in use can not be Deleted or Renamed so if you want/need to delete or rename these files you need to shut the Program that is accessing them.

As you tell us that they are mainly MP4 or MKV Files both of which are Audio/Video Files what Audio or Video Editor/Player do you have open. These include Players that index all MP4 or MKV Files that it finds on the HDD even if the actual player isn't running at that exact moment in time playing something.

Anything on a Play List will be locked and to delete/rename them you need to shut down the Program that is running either by starting in Safe Mode or Using the Task Manager and shutting down the Program.

Col

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by Khurram.Shahid In reply to You are unable to delete ...

No player is running whenever i try to delete the files or rename them. I think its a conflict in associating files between Windows media player & Real Player. Thanks though :)

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Why I am unable to delete some files in Windows 7?

by rahbm In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

Because after 25 years, Windows STILL sucks. Granted, it has improved over that time, but then so it should!

Am forced to use Windows at work and this problem often bites me; you close a file and then try to delete it, but Windows 7 still thinks it is open somewhere - just because it is still highlighted in Windows Explorer!

Yes, a reboot will overcome this problem, but that is a rather drastic action to have to take to overcome a simple bug which shouldn't be there in the first place!

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by Khurram.Shahid In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

Reboot was the first option I tried but it didnt work

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Deleting files in Win 7

by Chomps In reply to Why I am unable to delete ...

After struggling with this problem for the last 3 weeks, I finally worked out a solution (for me at least).
Open up Windows Explorer and see if you have the "preview panel" enabled, if yes then disable it (next to the ? at the top right). Then try the rename/delete the file.
I find the "preview panel" handy for looking inside file without opening them up in an app (eg Office or Media Player) but the problem you describe had me stumped for a couple of weeks. Hope this helps.
Peter

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by Khurram.Shahid In reply to Deleting files in Win 7

Tried it but no luck

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