stubborn file - will not delete

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by David Emerling, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. I have a stray font file on my desktop that simply will NOT delete. It
    keeps saying that it is being used by another program. But it can't be!

    I downloaded this font onto my desktop, decided not to use it, and now
    it will not delete.

    Is there any way I can find out what program the system thinks is using it?

    How can I get rid of this annoying thing?

    Thanks!

    David Emerling
    Memphis, TN
     
    David Emerling, Sep 26, 2007
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. David Emerling

    Val Guest

    That's a tricky one. I find that a font file, installed from the desktop,
    without the "copy to font folder" option selected at install, is similarly
    undeletable.

    Go to http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ and get the free Unlocker program.
    Once installed, you'll have to modify the executable's properties
    (C:\Program Files\Unlocker\Unlocker.exe if you use default installation) to
    allow "Run this program as an administrator" in the Compatability tab.

    Right click on the font file, click the Unlocker option on the context menu,
    select Delete from the actions. You should get a Voila experience!

    Val


    I have a stray font file on my desktop that simply will NOT delete. It
    keeps saying that it is being used by another program. But it can't be!

    I downloaded this font onto my desktop, decided not to use it, and now
    it will not delete.

    Is there any way I can find out what program the system thinks is using it?

    How can I get rid of this annoying thing?

    Thanks!

    David Emerling
    Memphis, TN
     
    Val, Sep 26, 2007
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. David Emerling

    Rich. Guest

    Did you boot up in safe mode and try to delete it that way?
     
    Rich., Sep 26, 2007
    #3

  4. The "Unlocker" worked fine - just as you said. I think that will come in
    handy in the future since this seems to be a frequent problem with Vista.

    It's rather common for a file to be stubborn from deletion for no
    apparent reason. It is not being used by any application despite the
    system's claim that it is.

    Thanks!

    David Emerling
    Memphis, TN
     
    David Emerling, Sep 27, 2007
    #4
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.