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Old 11-23-2008, 01:13 PM   #1
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Hi

Sometimes i cannot delete a folder in Windows XP SP3. I get the following error message and have to log out and log back in to Windows to delete it. Is there anyway to solve it???

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

Sounds like something is staying resident in memory. Logging out will take it out and release the file. It that case, memtest must be leaving something.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:22 PM   #4
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chant Abracadabra right before deleting it...

other then that I agree with Rick EE
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:57 PM   #5
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

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Sounds like something is staying resident in memory. Logging out will take it out and release the file. It that case, memtest must be leaving something.
Hi Rick_EE,

I will run memtest on each of my sticks and see what happens

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Old 11-23-2008, 06:16 PM   #6
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

Running memtest won't fix the issue. I've had the issue once before and it would occur with various files and folders. Very irritating. I eventually re-installed the operating system. Didn't feel like troubleshooting the issue. However, booting to safe mode may well allow you to remove the file otherwise if you really need to delete it.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:19 PM   #7
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

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Hi Rick_EE,

I will run memtest on each of my sticks and see what happens

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I meant, based on your screenie, the OS thinks a file in the memtest directory is open. If you ran memtest, maybe something stayed resident in memory. Or, like gorgonzola said, it just thinks so.

It has nothing to do with the physical memory.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:31 PM   #8
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

I use Unlocker to delete stubborn files. You might want to give it a try.

Also moving the file and/or folder to the desktop allows for the file deletion do to changes of file/folder permissions. This method works great for removing the pesky Flash9.ocx file.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:17 PM   #9
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

Hi all,

Thanks for the ideas!!!

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Old 03-20-2009, 07:20 AM   #10
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I use Unlocker to delete stubborn files. You might want to give it a try.

Also moving the file and/or folder to the desktop allows for the file deletion do to changes of file/folder permissions. This method works great for removing the pesky Flash9.ocx file.
Hey CommandrX! The problem came back and 'Unlocker' worked like a charm...

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Old 03-20-2009, 01:23 PM   #11
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

Yes usually the reason you can't delete something is because of use or being locked which didn't release when the task ended. Like when a program fails to close and you have to invoke task manager to kill the task because it's hung.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:04 AM   #12
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

it sounds that your computer have virus in it ,and i suggest you have your disk formatted.
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:39 PM   #13
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Re: Cannot delete folder...

To check who's "keeping" file or folder, I'd recommend a Handle utility from former SysInternals team, that should be available now on Microsoft web site (google it please). This tool shows you all or specific open files and their holding processes and handles. And using this tool you can also forcefully close handles that are in use!
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:18 PM   #14
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I use Process Explorer, its a free download here.....
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:53 PM   #15
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And check a whole bunch of other SysInternals utilities available at the link above!
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