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deleting bogus file

By michael.crocker ·
I canceled a download before it was finished and now have a 0 size file. When I try to delete it XP thinks that it is being used by some process. How can I get rid of it or unlock it so that the system will let me delete it?

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by w2ktechman In reply to deleting bogus file

You can go through and end task explorer.exe and iexplore.exe or you can reboot.

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by michael.crocker In reply to deleting bogus file

exploer process is not the one. I used the download manager in Firefox. Even after a reboot, it is still locked.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to deleting bogus file

it is not set read-only is it?
did you try safe mode?

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by jm In reply to deleting bogus file

Have you completely exited your browser and restarted it? That may resolve the issue.

If not, the easy way to do this is to restart the system.

You can also try to find the process in running processes (ctrl+alt+del -> task manager -> processes tab). Iexplore.exe and explorer.exe are likely the process involved, although if you are using a third party download manager then you have to figure out which one it is and kill it. It's okay to kill explorer.exe; the system will reload it automatically.

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by Angry CPU In reply to deleting bogus file

Hiyas.. in most cases for a stubborn file
that will not budge.. I use a free, well
written application called.. MoveOnBoot.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/moveonboot.html

This once installed will add a right click
option on a selected file(the stubborn one)
to "MoveOnBoot".. use that, then reboot..
the file will now be gone.. Jope this helps

John :)

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by michael.crocker In reply to

That did the trick.
Thanks

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