Problem with desktop folders.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by gladner, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. gladner

    gladner Guest

    I don't really know how to explain this but here goes...

    I often make directories on my desktop and use them as temp folders. Sometimes though, I cannot delete these folders. I can easily delete the files in them but Windows won't let me delete the folder itself. It tells me that the folder is in use by another program. If anyone knows anything about this problem please help.

    I have tried deleting it from a dos prompt also, but that does not work either.

    (Secondary, less important question: Does anyone know how to make money in Civilization 3? :eek: )

  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    Try the note pad tip first. If you try the first way remember that the command for folders is rd.

    Deleting files - Access Denied Error

    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.
    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'.

    OR this (not tried)
    Just open NOTEPAD and then click on "OPEN". Navigate to the file in the little Notepad "explorer" window and right click on the .avi file and delete it. Supposedly that's will do it.