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Windows 7: Undeletable File - Delete


Undeletable File - Delete

Using command prompt to delete files that explorer.exe is locking.
Published by not so gray matter
20 Apr 2010
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How to Delete an "Undeletable" File

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This tutorial shows you how to delete undeletable files and folders. There are times when explorer.exe somehow locks files into place and won't allow them to be deleted. In order to delete them you must close explorer.exe and use a command prompt to delete the file.


Tip   Tip
Be very careful when deleting files through command prompt, it's possible you could accidently delete the wrong file.


1. - Open an elevated command prompt
Start > Search "cmd" > Right Click cmd.exe > Run as Administrator

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2. - Leave Command prompt open; Open task manager
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3. - End process "explorer.exe"
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4. - Switch back to command prompt
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5A. - FILE - Change to the directory of your file and delete it.
First run this line: cd "PATH OF YOUR FILE"
i.e. cd "%USERPROFILE%"\Downloads"
Now run this line: del filename.extension
i.e. del filename.mkv

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5B. - FOLDER - Delete the folder.
Enter Command: RD /S /Q [DRIVE:]\PATH\TO\FOLDER
i.e
RD /S /Q C:\Users\[username]\Downloads\FOLDERNAME

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6. - Switch back to task manager
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7. - Restart "explorer.exe"
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04 Aug 2011   #1
drifking8887

windows 7
 
 

thank you very much.it was a real sick for me. thanx again

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15 Oct 2011   #2
claudzen17

windows 7 32bit
 
 

men..!! thanks for this wonderful tweaks it took me 7hours just finding for the right solution!
this works with me, now my undeletable file is gone forever..
i have registered myself here just to give you my thanks..
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10 Oct 2012   #3
swilly

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks notsograymatter,

Excellent solution to a problem that had troubled me for a few days. It worked for me deleting files from an external USB drive, on Windows Server 2008R2. Much appreciated.
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05 Feb 2013   #4
lavanya46

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks, this was a great help. Worked perfectly.
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07 Mar 2013   #5
Hellblazre

Windows XP Service Pack 3 32bit
 
 

Good god, THANK YOU! I had this url link i couldnt delete and thanks to your technique i finally got rid of the little *******. XD
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