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

05 Nov 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

thank you very much all of you. I was finally able to get rid of the file by using the command prompt at boot. thanks again.

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05 Nov 2011   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Aaron. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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26 Mar 2015   #13

windows 8.1 pro

Go to this pc, and eject the .iso file. than delete the file
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16 Jul 2015   #14

8.1 64 bit

The No Command Prompt At Boot Method:

I too have had this issue and I've spent hours trying to solve it to no avail....until today. Opening the Folder Options box and unticking the boxes next to "Show preview handlers in preview pane" and " Launch folder windows in a separate process" DID NOT solve the issue for me. Here however, is what did solve the issue for me:

1) In File Explorer click on the "View" tab and enable "Item Check Boxes", by placing a check mark in the item box next to it (yeah....uh, over there on the right side towards the got it.). From now on, whenever you highlight a file, you will see an empty check box next to it.

2) To delete the file (or folder...whatever) simply click on the file to be deleted and put a check mark in the empty box next to it.

3) Now either select "Delete" from the right click menu (right mouse button) or from the "Home" tab in File Explorer.

Hope this helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2017   #15


I worked it backwards. Deleting the inner folders 1st. Then when the folder was empty, it deleted just fine.

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

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