Another "Can't Delete File" problem... Help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Scorpius M-7, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Scorpius M-7

    Scorpius M-7 OSNN One Post Wonder

    All of the sudden (XP/sp1a) I get "cannot delete xxxxxx, it is being used by another person or program". I've seen some of the work arounds, but this is happening all the time - like 50% of the time I touch a folder I can't delete it. Is there some way of figuring out what the real cause is?

    It's annoying me so much I'm about to restore a Ghost image, but I'm not looking forward to it because I'd be looking at maybe 3 hours of work to get my system back to where it is. I'd have to go back to an early image because I don't know what app did it, and the only thing that makes sense is some app I installed is screwing things up.

    I have both a DVD drive and CDRW drive. Under Nero I get a strange 3rd recording device listing for "Image Recorder". I don't know if that's normal or not. "HighMAT CD Writing Wizard" I think came from a Windows Update. Is there any chance of this doing it? (don't even know what it is).

    Well, if anyone see's something in what I have installed.....I disabled most everything from start up abilities in MSCONFIG.

    Here's a list of all servies that are STARTED (having the problem right now):
    Ati HotKey Poller
    COM+ Event System
    Computer Browser
    Cryptographic Services
    DHCP Client
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    DNS Client
    Help and Support
    IPSEC Services
    Logical Disk Manager
    Network Connections
    Network Location Awareness (NLA)
    Plug and Play
    Portable Media Serial Number
    Print Spooler
    Protected Storage
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    Remote Registry
    Secondary Logon
    Security Accounts Manager
    Shell Hardware Detection
    System Event Notification
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Terminal Services
    Upload Manager
    Windows Audio
    Wireless Zero Configuration

    Here's what's installed in my system drives Program Files dir.
    "Shiny" is my fake named dir to hide my Virus app and TDS-3/Wormguard

    Directory of C:\PROGRA~1

    02/15/2004 09:18 PM <DIR> .
    02/15/2004 09:18 PM <DIR> ..
    02/07/2004 02:38 PM <DIR> 321STU~1 321Studios
    02/07/2004 02:32 PM <DIR> Adobe
    02/07/2004 02:28 PM <DIR> Ahead
    02/07/2004 04:09 PM <DIR> ATITEC~1 ATI Technologies
    02/09/2004 01:39 AM <DIR> ATITool
    02/07/2004 02:59 PM <DIR> COMMON~1 Common Files
    02/05/2004 07:14 AM <DIR> COMPLU~1 ComPlus Applications
    02/07/2004 02:59 PM <DIR> Creative
    02/07/2004 02:42 PM <DIR> DVDSHR~1 DVD Shrink
    02/07/2004 02:33 PM <DIR> EXECUT~1 Executive Software
    02/11/2004 12:09 PM <DIR> Fraps
    02/07/2004 09:13 PM <DIR> GAMESP~1 GameSpy Arcade
    02/07/2004 01:28 PM <DIR> HIGHMA~1 HighMAT CD Writing Wizard
    02/07/2004 02:45 PM <DIR> ILLUST~1 Illustrate
    02/10/2004 08:05 AM <DIR> INTERN~1 Internet Explorer
    02/07/2004 02:59 PM <DIR> INTERV~1 InterVideo
    02/07/2004 02:44 PM <DIR> JASCSO~1 Jasc Software Inc
    02/07/2004 02:53 PM <DIR> Kodak
    02/07/2004 02:41 PM <DIR> MESSEN~1 Messenger
    02/07/2004 01:56 PM <DIR> MICROS~3 Microsoft ActiveSync
    02/05/2004 07:17 AM <DIR> MICROS~1 microsoft frontpage
    02/07/2004 01:56 PM <DIR> MICROS~2 Microsoft Office
    02/07/2004 02:05 PM <DIR> MICROS~4 Microsoft Visual Studio
    02/10/2004 08:12 AM <DIR> MOTHER~1 Motherboard Monitor 5
    02/07/2004 12:41 PM <DIR> MOVIEM~1 Movie Maker
    02/05/2004 07:14 AM <DIR> MSNGAM~1 MSN Gaming Zone
    02/07/2004 12:41 PM <DIR> NETMEE~1 NetMeeting
    02/05/2004 07:15 AM <DIR> ONLINE~1 Online Services
    02/07/2004 12:58 PM <DIR> OUTLOO~1 Outlook Express
    02/07/2004 02:43 PM <DIR> PopUpCop
    02/13/2004 10:17 AM <DIR> Prime95
    02/07/2004 02:48 PM <DIR> QUICKT~1 QuickTime
    02/12/2004 08:18 AM <DIR> shiny
    02/10/2004 04:46 PM <DIR> SISOFT~1 SiSoftware
    02/12/2004 08:09 AM <DIR> SLIDES~1 SlideStudio
    02/09/2004 02:44 PM <DIR> STARDO~1 Star Downloader
    02/15/2004 09:18 PM 0 temp.txt
    02/07/2004 02:01 PM <DIR> WEBPUB~1 Web Publish
    02/10/2004 07:43 AM <DIR> WINBON~1 Winbond Electronics Corp
    02/07/2004 01:00 PM <DIR> WINDOW~3 Windows Media Player
    02/05/2004 07:14 AM <DIR> WINDOW~1 Windows NT
    02/07/2004 02:31 PM <DIR> WinRAR
    02/14/2004 11:06 AM <DIR> WS_FTP~1 WS_FTP Pro
    02/05/2004 07:17 AM <DIR> xerox
    02/15/2004 04:59 PM <DIR> XP-TWE~1 XP-Tweaks
    1 File(s) 0 bytes
    46 Dir(s) 27,228,340,224 bytes free

    Thanks for any help