The .EXE that just won't go away!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by LocKStocK, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. LocKStocK

    LocKStocK Smokin & Jokin

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    Not too long ago, I downloaded a program, something to do with DVD
    encoding I think. Anyway, I decided this program was useless and went to
    delete it. Every file was deleted except the .EXE. Now it won't go!
    It comes up with "Cannot Delete PTD: Program is being used by another
    program or person"
    Please help as its just sitting there on my desktop serving no purpose.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    try doing that from safe mode
     
  3. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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    Did you delete or uninstall that program?

    Are you sure it is the actual exe file sitting on your desktop?

    It may be a desktop namespace extension.

    Look in the registry at
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
    if there is a subkey corresponding to that program.

    Export the key before you change anything.
     
  4. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    if you can't get rid of it with the suggestions above...go to the command prompt and manually delete it from there

    example
    C:\Documents and Settings\your name\Desktop\del name of program.exe