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Windows 7: Unable to delete file on my desktop


08 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Unable to delete file on my desktop

I recently decided to install cabal on my laptop again. I used internet download manager to install it. However, when I run the installer, explorer.exe becomes unresponsive and I have to kill it. Right clicking it gives the same result. I am unable to check the size of it. I've try defragmentation and it doesn't work as well. My computer doesn't allow system restore so I cannot restore it to a previous point.

I've done some googling and I found the command prompt method which asks u to do cd desktop. I've tried it but when I do it, I get this result.
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\NP Student>cd desktop

C:\Users\NP Student\Desktop>del 120306_CabalSEA_FullClient.exe
C:\Users\NP Student\Desktop\120306_CabalSEA_FullClient.exe
Access is denied.

C:\Users\NP Student\Desktop>

Anyone can help me with this?

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08 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Try running command prompt as an Administrator. Find it under start menu>Accessories and then right click the command prompt logo. Choose run as administrator.

Hope this helps

Tom
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08 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Try taking ownership of the file by using this shortcut: Take Ownership Shortcut
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08 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maccaquacker View Post
Try running command prompt as an Administrator. Find it under start menu>Accessories and then right click the command prompt logo. Choose run as administrator.

Hope this helps

Tom
Thanks and I've tried. When I use it normally, it becomes under my name NP student. When under administrator, it becomes under system32 and when I type in cd desktop, it says that it is unable to find the path specified.

I've tried to download the installer again. For a slight moment, the exe file became the cabal icon but then it disappeared. Now I have 2 files that has to be deleted lol.
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08 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Try taking ownership of the file by using this shortcut: Take Ownership Shortcut
This will not work. Because whenever I right click the icon, explorer.exe immediately hangs.
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08 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Using the method i suggested try typing:

cd C:\Users\NP Student\desktop

instead of just cd desktop
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08 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swordycrus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Try taking ownership of the file by using this shortcut: Take Ownership Shortcut
This will not work. Because whenever I right click the icon, explorer.exe immediately hangs.
if my above solution fails, try using this to take ownership of the WHOLE desktop folder
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08 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maccaquacker View Post
Using the method i suggested try typing:

cd C:\Users\NP Student\desktop

instead of just cd desktop
yep it failed
Access is still denied. I'll try tomorrow. It's 11.41pm and I've something on tomorrow morning. Thanks alot.
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08 Jun 2012   #9

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Specifically where did you download the file from? Were there any issues prior to your attempt at installing this program? If there were no problems prior, perform a System Restore to a time previous to this issue and try again, making sure you're downloading a legitimate and safe file for installation of this program.
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08 Jun 2012   #10

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Maybe one of these tutorials will help. You may have tried them already.

If it is a file.
File - Delete from Command Prompt

If it is a folder.
Folder - Delete from Command Prompt

They include pictures to show what needs to be typed in CMD.
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