Cant delete *.avi files~

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by saqib, Apr 8, 2002.

  1. saqib

    saqib Guest

    Why I am unable to delete some avi files in xp? I have to delete them after starting PC in safe mode otherwise they wont delete! Can someone help me?
  2. Twink

    Twink Guest

    this is likely because that windows has the file open trying to make a preview of it. If you keep it selected for 30 seconds (or untill the little preview of the movie pops up) you should be able to delete it then. This might take a while on a slow computer.
  3. loppdawg69

    loppdawg69 Guest

    stop downloading porn =P heh jk
  4. saqib

    saqib Guest

    lol...those are not porn movies :D but let me try what twink advised!
    I have heard that this is actually a bug...but I was not sure so thats why I asked!

    Its taken from here but I didnt try cuz I am afraid that may be it can screw up my computer if I mess with registry!
    So any advice should I do it?
  5. SessedOut

    SessedOut Guest

    After having many episodes with that problem, and reading other's posts, I have finally decided that it is a bug in XP, but I have no effective way around it. Say if you download an .avi file, reboot, go back to the file in explorer, try to still will say in use. This is only for .avi files though, and the one resolution I DO have is to use a program like Nero to delete it.

    I got a tip from another user who said to disable the Preview checkbox in the Explorer View options, but that ended up not working. Try using an alternate program, though, and see if that works. Eventually you will find someway to get rid of those files.