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« on: November 17, 2004, 12:59:50 PM »

Operating System Version: XP Pro
Problem Application Name & Version: dowloaded .exe file
Problem Hardware Make & Model:
Error Messages: cannot delete file because someone or another program is using it.

I unwittingly dowloaded an .exe file through eDonkey and now I can't get rid of it.  Can't delete it from within eDonkey, can't delete it out of the folder it's in.  Went to DOS and tried to del it from it's subdirectory...nada.  Says the file is in use by someone else or another program.  Can't rename it, etc....please help! - Joe

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2004, 01:07:41 PM »

Hi elsancheezmo

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode and deleting it?

To use the F8 method

Start Windows, or if it is running, shut Windows down, and then turn off the computer.
Restart the computer. The computer begins processing a set of instructions known as the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). What is displayed depends on the BIOS manufacturer. Some computers display a progress bar that refers to the word BIOS, while others may not display any indication that this process is happening.
As soon as the BIOS has finished loading, begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. Continue to do so until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, scroll to and select the Safe mode menu item, and then press Enter.

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2004, 01:44:15 PM »

And even then you have the chance that Windows Explorer is still using that file. In that case, follow either this option, or this one.

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