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Windows 7: Unable to Delete Font .ttf file.

26 Jan 2018   #1
AtomicSheep

W7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Unable to Delete Font .ttf file.

Hi,

Trying to delete the .ttf file and I get an error:

"The action can not be completed because the file is open in system."

I tried closing down all programs, didn't work.

I tried logging out and in, didn't work.

I tried restarting, didn't work.

I tried changing permissions, didn't work.

I went to regedit->SOFTWARE->Microsoft->Windows NT->Fonts (that path might not be 100% correct) to try to delete the font from the registry but it wasn't even there (since I was able to delete it from the fonts folder I assume). This didn't work either.

The font deletes from the font folder, but the original .ttf installer file doesn't delete.


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28 Jan 2018   #2
blokk888

Windows 7 Professional x86/Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
 
 

do you want to delete fonts from C:\Windows\Fonts ?
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28 Jan 2018   #3
AtomicSheep

W7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I'm making my own font but I can't save over the current .ttf file because it is completely locked. I went save in my font editor software but it spat out an error. So i looked at what might be the problem and decoded to just delete the file and it didn't which was an aha moment. So it's completely locked for some reason.
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28 Jan 2018   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What font is it that you are trying to delete?
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28 Jan 2018   #5
AtomicSheep

W7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The one I created myself. As I mentioned, I can delete it from the installed fonts i.e. uninstall it just fine, I can't delete the .ttf file.
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29 Jan 2018   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you haven't got the "Take Ownership" option in the context menu that appears when you right click on the ttf file then follow this tutorial.
Then right click on the ttf file choose "Take Ownership" and see if you can then delete the file.
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02 Feb 2018   #7
AtomicSheep

W7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Nope, still not deleting.

EDIT: FYI, I restored my system image from a backup location (only my C drive and not because of this file), but this file is on my D drive and even after a system restore, it still stubbornly lives on.
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02 Feb 2018   #8
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Does the ttf file appear in your C > Windows>Fonts folder?
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02 Feb 2018   #9
AtomicSheep

W7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Makes no difference whether it's in there or not. I hope uninstalling a font is as simple as deleting it from that folder, because that's how I've been uninstalling it. If that's not the right method, maybe that's why it got broken.
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03 Feb 2018   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Try Control Panel > Appearance and Personalisation > Font. Select the font in question then click"Organize" then choose "Delete"!
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