Deleting a file in use

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dreamworks, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. dreamworks

    dreamworks --== babyface ==--


    I have a machine that is running on Windows XP Pro. I would like to delete a file and replace it with a new version manually, but unfortunately this file is in use by a program or something that I am not sure what. I tried starting under safe mode but still I can't delete it, if it was Win98 I can boot up with a startup disk and delete it from dos but since this was formatted under NTFS system, it is virtually impossible .. any idea how can I delete the file please? : )

    Many thanks ..
  2. nathanB

    nathanB Guest

    It could be a virus, or an inefected file, though if you know you dont have a virus and you created it yourself, you can try and delete it thru the command prompt, or do what enyo said. Id go with Enyo's idea though, sounds better. =P
  3. nathanB

    nathanB Guest

    Oh my bad, sorry about that :)
  4. jroc

    jroc Guest

    be nice to know what the file is...maybe then can we determine how to help him
  5. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

    Des Moines,IA
    I had to do something similar once. I killed "explorer.exe" from Task Manager (all your icons and start menu will go away), then ran "explorer.exe" from task manager to get back my icons n stuff, then deleted the file. Seems that the original explorer "locked" the file, but when I killed and restarted it, that frees the file from being used.

    I wasn't trying to replace a file though, but the idea is somewhat the same. Anyway, that worked for me
  6. dav3st

    dav3st OSNN Addict