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Why cant I delete file?

Posted By : Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 4, 2003

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I just re-formatted my whole computer and put Windows XP on. I tried transfering some MPG files from CD's onto my freshly cleaned hard drive and one particualr 250M file made my computer freeze. I naturally re-started but now whenever I browse my computer threw Explorer, it makes the CPU go to 100 percent, ONLY when it searches threw the folder containting that 250M file. If I avoid it that file, everything runs smooth. I cannot delete it either because I get the error "Cannot delete, file being used by another program". When it actually isnt at all. Any help would be appreciated.


This question was answered on September 4, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Press Ctrl Alt Delete, Click on Processes and look for the file name (even though you may not have run the program it might have started without your help.) When you find the file name under the Processes Tab click on the name and click on End Process It will give you a warning about stopping the process as long as you are sure that is the program then click Yes to end it Then you can close Windows Task Manager Then goto Windows explorer and to whereever the file is and try to delete it.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 4, 2003

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