XP Explore error - deleting and cutting files...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Vorpal, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. Vorpal

    Vorpal Guest

    I've been having this odd behavior lately where after "using" some files I cannot delete or cut (to move) them.

    Example:
    (OK pardon the pirate hat here)

    A friend of mine has Ghost 2002, the paid for version where to restore an image you have to type in the stupid serial key every time.

    I just copied my version to my Desktop copied it into an email message and emailed it to him.

    After that I closed everything (mail, explorer windows - everything).

    If I try to delete or cut the file there is a long pause followed by an error saying that the file is in use.

    This has just been happening a lot lately.

    I have NAV2004 and TDS-3 (paid for, I'm a good boy sometimes), but right now I have neither installed (just restored an image a couple of weeks ago and haven't download anything new so I haven't reinstalled the protection. I have Indexing and System Restore disabled. My XP is setup rather 'sleek' right now.


    Any thoughts?
    Thanks
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Had something smilar with mp3's. Nothing was using them, go to move & access denied still in use. What I did was copy them where I wanted then it would delete.

    Other things to try.....reboot then see if it goes......or

    Deleting files - Access Denied Error

    Just open NOTEPAD and then click on "OPEN". Navigate to the file in the little Notepad "explorer" window and right click on the file and delete it.

    OR this

    Explorer.exe in XP has a bad habit of wanting to hang on to files, even when you have finished using them - therefore when you try to delete the file, XP will say "Access Denied".
    This error occurs more often when working with media files - mp3, avi, mpeg etc.
    TIP:
    Close all open applications.
    Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory with the offending files.
    Then open the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab. select "explorer.exe" under Image Name. Click "End Process".
    That will leave you with only the command prompt and the task manager running.
    Now at the Command Prompt, its time to delete the file(s). Using the DEL command. Example c:>\movies\DEL movie.avi
    Now the files are deleted, go to the task manager and click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task" button. in the dialog, type explorer.exe and click OK.

    For folders the command is 'rd'.