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Friday, March 14, 2008

Cannot delete file: Access is denied

There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

So if the file is in use, how do you delete it?

# Click on Start, Search, All Files and Folders
# Type the name of the undeletable file in the box shown
# Make sure the Look In box shows the correct drive letter
# Click Search and let the computer find the file
# Once the file is located, right-click on it and choose properties, make a note of the file location. Usually this is something similar to
# Close the search box
# Click on Start, Run, and type CMD and Press Enter to open a Command Prompt window
# Leave the Command Prompt window open, but proceed to close all other open programs
# Click on Start, Run and type TASKMGR.EXE and press Enter to start Task Manager
# Click on the Processes tab, click on the process named Explorer.exe and click on End Process.
# Minimize Task Manager but leave it open
# Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory where the file is located. To do this, use the CD command. You can follow the example below.
Example: to change to the Windows\System32 directory you would enter the following command and Press Enter
cd \windows\system32
# Now use the DEL command to delete the offending file. Type DEL where is the file you wish to delete.
Example: del undeletable.exe
# Use ALT-TAB to go back to Task Manager
# In Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the Windows shell.
# Close Task Manager

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