Deleting difficulties in XP

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  1. JasenP

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    OK, I have an AVI file that I downloaded using Kazaa. It's not porn but it ain't legal. Anyway, it's not what it was supposed to be and I want to delete it.

    Windows says it's in use (though it's not) and it won't let me delete it. I even tried booting to safe mode and zap that f***er and it still says it's in use!!

    Is there anyway to demolish it? Some software that will kill anything in it's path, in use or not?
     
  2. Kevin P

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    Go into Task Manager and see if "mplayer" is running. Kill it and then try deleting the file.
    I think there was another thread here where someone was having trouble deleting files in XP. I think I'll wait until a service pack is out before upgrading...
    Ok, I found the other thread, it's here. You might find some suggestions here. However, he was using 98, not XP, so I stand corrected in that regard...
    If you're using Kazaa, are you sharing stuff? Perhaps someone's downloading the file you're trying to delete!
    KJP
     
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    Ahhh, the wonderful Kazaa. I got rid of that as soon as I heard that it uses resources on your computer even when you're not using the program. I use Cleansweep to get rid of all the unwanted stuff on my computer. It monitors all installations, web downloads etc and zaps them, including any changes made to the registry etc.
     
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    I'm using Kazaa Lite so there is no spyware etc..

    There are no application opens in the task manager so nothing is using that file. I have a feeling that the properties of the file have been mdified in such a way that it appears as though it is in use when it is really not. It is not listed as read-only or anything in the file properties so, I'm getting a little pissed off.
     
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    Go into the PROCESSES page after you hit control/alt/del , look for Mplayer.exe, Kazaa anything and close it down.

    Brent L
     
  6. Wayne Bundrick

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    Are you using thumbnail view? XP is probably trying to generate a thumbnail of the file, and Microsoft in all their brilliance thinks that it has to read the entire file to do that, and it's a big file so it will take forever. Try deleting the file from a command prompt.
     

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