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Windows 7: How can I Delete a file that doesn't want to die ?

05 Mar 2014   #1
Grumtatt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
How can I Delete a file that doesn't want to die ?

I've got what I think might be an incomplete download of a video file that won't delete.
A single left click gives me it's name and size (78.4MB).
The file won't play and any attempt to delete it just runs forever, saying "calculating".
Asking for it's Properties does nothing and attempting to rename it also runs forever.
Once I start to try to delete, the only way to halt the process is via Task Manager.


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05 Mar 2014   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grumtatt View Post
I've got what I think might be an incomplete download of a video file that won't delete.
A single left click gives me it's name and size (78.4MB).
The file won't play and any attempt to delete it just runs forever, saying "calculating".
Asking for it's Properties does nothing and attempting to rename it also runs forever.
Once I start to try to delete, the only way to halt the process is via Task Manager.
Have you tried to delete it in safe mode? If not, I would suggest giving it a try.

Force Windows 7 / Vista to Boot Into Safe Mode Without Using the F8 Key

HTH
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05 Mar 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Delete it with a live Linux CD.
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05 Mar 2014   #4
Grumtatt

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Thank you !

I thought I had tried deleting this rogue file via Safe Mode before, but maybe not, coz when I tried again .... deleting worked, and now it has GONE !

Thank You
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05 Mar 2014   #5
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grumtatt View Post
I thought I had tried deleting this rogue file via Safe Mode before, but maybe not, coz when I tried again .... deleting worked, and now it has GONE !

Thank You
You're welcome, glad it worked for you.
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