Stubborn File

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Bruce, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    I have a .avi file which I cannot delete with Vista. On trying either
    Delete or Shift Delete, I get the Vista delete box which says "Deleting
    file.... calculating time" etc, but nothing else happens, this box just
    sits there forever. I can however cancel out. I also cannot move, rename
    this file.
    I also tried a command line instr del/f/a C:\path to filename. This
    does not work.
    I also got hold of a "KillBox" program. This deleted the file, but in
    doing so creates a backupfile in a special folder. (I cannot find an
    option to do otherwise). This does not fix my problem as I now cannot
    delete this backup file!!!!
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks Bruce
    Bruce, Sep 29, 2007
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  2. Bruce

    Tiberius Guest

    I am reposting the information you need below:

    One of my favorite freeware apps is Unlocker. It's a simple solution to
    a very annoying problem: Getting rid of files Windows won't let you
    delete for one reason or the other.

    If you do not have Unlocker, get it here:

    READ THIS: How to make Unlocker work on Windows Vista?

    - How to make Unlocker work on Windows Vista? You need to deactivate UAC
    globally for the whole system or locally just for Unlocker. Globally, go
    to "Control Panel" then "User Accounts" then again "User Accounts" then
    "Turn User Account Control" and set it to Off, then restart your
    computer. Locally go to the Unlocker install directory (usually
    C:/Program Files/Unlocker), right-click Unlocker.exe, select Properties,
    and on the "Compatibility" tab, under "Priviledge Level" enable "Run
    this program as administrator". Click "allow" everytime you will get the
    UAC prompt to ask if you want to run Unlocker. Thanks to Mike Cerminara
    for his help.
    Tiberius, Sep 29, 2007
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    Thanks, tried this but caused a fatal system crash.
    Bruce, Sep 29, 2007
  4. Bruce

    Tiberius Guest

    Tiberius, Sep 29, 2007
  5. Bruce

    Malke Guest

    Have you tried deleting it in Safe Mode? Since XP, Windows has had
    difficulties with deleting .avi files because of some integration with

    Malke, Sep 29, 2007
  6. Bruce

    Jume Guest

    being an avi file, it might be a codec trying to make the thumbnail and
    having lock in the process for not being compatible

    if you have a codec pack, try uninstalling it

    people talks good about the latest divx codec, and i am using ffdshow tryout
    without problems at all
    Jume, Sep 29, 2007
  7. Bruce

    Tiberius Guest

    the only way to go if you dont care about media center is

    the best player I have ever found with built in codecs.. fantastic and free
    Tiberius, Sep 29, 2007
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    Nox Guest

    Take ownership of the file, right click the file or folder it is in and
    select properties then the security tab, click the advance button thenowners
    tab. Click edit in the next window select your name then click apply. back at
    the previous window it should now say you are the owner click ok as many
    times as it takes to get out. Once out left click the folder before or after
    the one you want to delete. Right click the folder to delete and select
    delete, it will now disappear. This procedure was done in Vista home pre.
    Nox, Oct 2, 2007
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