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Windows 7: Can't Delete File?

03 May 2017   #1
JWA

Win7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
Can't Delete File?

Hope someone can help..........

Have a file that refuses to be deleted--its a .ufo photo image file proprietary to a ULead PhotoImpact 11 program. It won't open and when trying to delete it from a desktop folder it just won't but I do get a progress window that says "preparing to recyle" but it just runs continually as though it is moving that file to the recycle bin.

I've even tried deleting the entire folder but same thing---just won't go away.

Any help greatly appreciated----TIA!


J W


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03 May 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Run a disk check this is often due to disk problem
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03 May 2017   #3
JWA

Win7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Run a disk check this is often due to disk problem
I'll give that a try----thanks!
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03 May 2017   #4
YaMoonSun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I like to use File Assassin from Malwarebytes
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03 May 2017   #5
respoda

win7 x64 sp1
 
 

If you boot in safe mode with cmd prompt, you can go to the file location and manually delete it from the folder.
In 99% of cases when I have such a file, doing it that way resolves it and the file deletes...

Most probably it is some process keeping the file in use, either by design or through software error/corruption.


Hope this works for you too.
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04 May 2017   #6
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Live Linux CD/DVD/USB

I use a Live Linux CD/DVD/USB to obliterate files that Windows refuses to delete.

You can also use it to recover files (if your Windows OS dies).

Tutorials
Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
Peppermint Live CD/DVD/USB - Create for Emergency Backup
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04 May 2017   #7
respoda

win7 x64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I use a Live Linux CD/DVD/USB to obliterate files that Windows refuses to delete.

You can also use it to recover files (if your Windows OS dies).

Tutorials
Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
Peppermint Live CD/DVD/USB - Create for Emergency Backup

That's a really good tip.
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05 May 2017   #8
JWA

Win7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Sorry for being absent and not replying for a bit----life goes on some days!

I did get the file deleted, seems there's an issue with the program that created the file. Rebooting did the trick, that file is now gone so we'll consider this issue solved.

Thanks to all the great info here---I'll keep this in mind!
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