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Windows 7: Can't delete file. says that it is open in another program.

04 Nov 2011   #1
aaronmontoya

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Can't delete file. says that it is open in another program.

I downloaded a file a while back that i couldn't get to work properly. after much trouble shooting I finally gave up and decided to delete the file. Low and behold i can't delete the file. all i get is the error message: "the action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program" I checked all programs I've used with that file and none of them are using the file. i even disabled/uninstalled said programs with no luck. I even tried booting into safe mode but i still get the same response. Does anyone have any ideas on how i can get rid of this file.


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04 Nov 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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04 Nov 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Aaron,

You might see if you may be able to delete the file using the free program Unlocker.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Nov 2011   #4
aaronmontoya

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Brink & Whs:

Thank you for responding. I tried both of your guys ideas and they both come back with a similar response of "the file could not be deleted" I tried straight deleting the file again and the message has changed to "the action can not be completed because the file is open in system" any more ideas?
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04 Nov 2011   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Aaron,

What is the name of this file?
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04 Nov 2011   #6
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

if it was from a torrent ,check it is not in the list of torrents in your torrent client, if it is, remove it then try delete.
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04 Nov 2011   #7
aaronmontoya

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

dwarf: the name is rld-spsv.iso

boohbah: it was from a torrent and I have removed it from the list and even uninstalled the program for good measure.
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04 Nov 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Aaron,

You might see if you may be able to delete the file in a command prompt at boot since it will be outside the OS and not in use.

File - Delete from Command Prompt
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04 Nov 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aaronmontoya View Post
dwarf: the name is rld-spsv.iso

boohbah: it was from a torrent and I have removed it from the list and even uninstalled the program for good measure.
Question is how you uninstalled the program. If you used the normal indows uninstaller, you probably still have a lot of files and reg entries that keep a handle on the file.

You might consider reinstalling it and the uninstll with Revo - but make sure you use the "advanced option" and delete all reg entries and files in passes 2 and 3.
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04 Nov 2011   #10
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Since the file is an .iso, check to make sure you don't have it mounted as a virtual drive somewhere...
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