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  1. #1
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    Programs to remove a "file in use" ?

    How can I remove a file "in use" ? I've tried safe mode, which got rid of only one of them...but another file is still there, which is a .avi file! Any programs to remove them?

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    kill the process using that file then remove it.
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    If you do as pixel said, you may have to try a few differnet times and restarting. I had a file that I had to do it with.
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    reboot into msdos and delete it that way

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    msdos? How do I do that? If you start in safe mode; then there are no programs running....so I can't get rid of any programs if there are none running. Other options?

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    what version of Windows?

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    Windows XP

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    Download "WhoLockMe" and use that. It will tell you what process is using tha file.
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    Not sure how it works. I tried to kill the process (when its in the locker) and it says explorer.exe is using it (you know, explorer as in windows) and it is impossible to kill this process. Any other ways to remove it?

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    GET "DR DELETE" !!!!!!

    sorry for shouting, just I used that before and it worked a wonder !!

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    you can download it from here --> www.anum.org/drdelete.exe

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    Downloaded it and fixed. Thanks Cyrus!

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    please Foladar

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    many times I had to reboot, cause nothing else worked, even killing the software using the file, I think it must be a system issue

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    in windows, locks are mandatory as opposed to advisory in posix. if a process has a file open, especially if it is a system process (such as explorer), you may not want to remove the file =]

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    the problem is most likely due to explorer. when you click on it, explorer tries to see the first scene of the video, to display on the left side in thumbnail,therefore causing it to be un-deleteable.

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    All you have to do is open the file in a different program... Windows Media likes to get stuck in a loop sometimes, which can be fixed by opening the file in something like winamp video. Delete away.

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