How to delete a file that won't delete?

By dondinger ·
Sounds pretty basic but I have this file on my desktop that I have tried to delete for weeks and always get the dialog box that says the file is being used. It's not. Any suggestions?

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If it says it's being used - IT'S BEING USED!! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How to delete a file that ...

It's just that you are not aware of where it is being used.

You won't get much out of ME or any other Peer if you don't tell us what this file is called or what type of file it is.

Guessing games are all well and good and can on occasions be quite fun, but we're not stuck in a lift or a traffic jam so, let's have some more details.

It would also be helpful to know what make and model of computer you have and what operating system you are currently using. :)

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It does not really matter

by .Martin. In reply to If it says it's being use ...

Unless dondinger has been stupid enough to move important operating files around, (which he most likely did not, hopefully) it can just sometimes be copies of important operating files. so in most cases, True Blue's suggestion of Remove on reboot is perfectly fine.

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How did you

by Jacky Howe In reply to It does not really matter

go with your problem get it sorted?

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by dondinger In reply to How did you

Thanks to all. I told you it sounded pretty bush league. The file is a zip data file I downloaded( recipes), not important anything!
I am going to try your suggestion and will get back.
Thanks again.

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No Probs :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks

let us know how you get on.

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It worked! Thanks True Blue.

by dondinger In reply to No Probs :)

Great solution. Will keep this app handy.
Thanks again.

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No Probs <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to It worked! Thanks True Bl ...
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solution = not a good solution

by .Martin. In reply to How did you

ended up reinstalling windows (again...). if it does it again, i'm going to take it to get fixed by someone else...

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It would be cheaper

by Jacky Howe In reply to solution = not a good sol ...

for you to get a copy of Acronis and create A recovery Partition. Seven minutes and you are up and running again. Setup the PC the way that you want it and then Boot with the Acronis CD and create your Recovery Partition, restart the PC and boot back into Acronis and back up your Drive. Great for Virus removal.

< another thought >

Get youself a copy of RegSnap: Registry Analyzer, Registry Tracer

Take a snapshot of when it is working and if you have problems again take another and compare them.

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