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y cant i delete it


Dabba Dooba
Political User
hey on my d: drive i have a folder which i well show u the pic. when i click on it opens and two other folders. When i click on them it says what i will show u at the bottom

can anyone help


Dabba Dooba
Political User
and this one i will only show the error for one folder since its the same for the other but just the folder name is different

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
Try the bottom suggestion first. Not sure if it will work on a folder. If not try the top one using the rd command. (remove directory)

(boofhead Hipster. Paste the info) :rolleyes:

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.


MS-DOS 2.0
Political User
First, I hope that you have hidden files being shown. There might be something in there otherwise.

Second, restart your system. Then try and delete it. Sometimes Windows likes to give off that error message for seemingly no reason. I've had it a few times with otherwise inane files.

Third, if this is an NTFS drive, check the permissions.

Fourth, try going into command prompt and run "COMMAND." Funny enough, the old DOS layer seems to work for me when I can't delete it any other way.

Hope this helps...

I don't think it's the .avi problem. This looks like you've locked yourself out from these folders. Denied yourself access in the security tab or something. I don't really know how to fix it. Log in as Administrator perhaps?


Some Good Tips

First try the reboot!
Second Check the Security Tabs (YOU HAVE TO BE ADMINISTRATOR)
Your in XP so the only other answer is this is a swap file for some program you have running. Like a firewall program or Video/Audio/CD burning programs. They all have directories which if you open the program then close out explorer locks access to those files from all but the program because it sees it as being accessed(rebooting should fix this one)
Try a virus scanner; an online one if you don't have one.
That's all I can gather.
Oh btw, if anyone with the .avi problem come surfing this way, here is the .reg file that will fix the problem. Works very well. :)

Just rename the .txt file to .reg and run it (the forum won't allow .reg files).

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