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Windows 7: Can't delete file because it's in use by System


28 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 
Can't delete file because it's in use by System

I'm trying to delete an ISO image which appears to be in use by System. When I boot into safe mode and try it, the error still comes up. I've also tried deleting it via the elevated command prompt. Changing the security permissions doesn't seem to do it.

Anyone have any ideas on how I can delete the file? It's one of those Ubuntu disc images.


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28 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hi, Welcome to SF,

You could use Unlocker i will show you that process its using also to delete them

Hope this helps,
Captain
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28 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

I've tried giving myself ownership then trying it, but it didn't work, so I'm going to try that program.
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28 Jan 2010   #4
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
ubuntu

did you "install within windows" or make a partition??
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28 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Nope. Just trying to delete the file from my C:\Users\[name]\Downloads folder to free up space. I tried using that unlocker program, but it seems that there is a Shell Extension error preventing it from showing up on the context menu when I right click on the file. I opened up ShellExView and found out about the error.
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28 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
Nope. Just trying to delete the file from my C:\Users\[name]\Downloads folder to free up space. I tried using that unlocker program, but it seems that there is a Shell Extension error preventing it from showing up on the context menu when I right click on the file. I opened up ShellExView and found out about the error.
I guess it might be your Firewall or Antivurs .. Reboot the System in Selective startup and reinstall the Unlocker or Reboot the System in Safe Mode and try to delete it from there.

Hope this helps,
Captain
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28 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

I tried the safe mode thing and it said that the System is probably a user name. The processes being used by it were winlogon and some other one. Closing either will cause me to log off Windows. I think the only way I'm going to delete this file is to re-install Windows which has worked before, but I'm not going to worry about that just for one file. Thanks anyway though.
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28 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Have you tried burning the image to a CD and then cancelled the process part way through?
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28 Jan 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I have had problems dealing with a file that had permissions that seemed to override my own. Recheck permissions for all "users" and see if this might be so. In a couple of instances, there was permissions for "everyone" that did this. I deleted "everyone" and then my permissions took effect.
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28 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
I tried the safe mode thing and it said that the System is probably a user name. The processes being used by it were winlogon and some other one. Closing either will cause me to log off Windows. I think the only way I'm going to delete this file is to re-install Windows which has worked before, but I'm not going to worry about that just for one file. Thanks anyway though.
Have to Mount that image some where??
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