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Unable to delete file in W7

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Unable to delete file in W7

When trying to delete some files/folders (individually) I get one of the following messages:
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The action can't be completed becuase the file is open in Windows Explorer

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The action can't be completed because the foldder or a file in it is open in another program

Google hasn't found any suitable solution as yet.
I have installed the latest version of Unlocker but that doesn't even show up on right-clicking on the file/fiolder like it did in XP.
Has anyone else found a solution fpr this in W7 64 bit?

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Waldo
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

I'd try deleting them from the command line (but I've never used W7)  Smiley
Denzil
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

Unlocker used to be very handy, but it doesn't work in Win 7. You could try booting into safe mode and then deleting it.
VileReynard
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

Use a boot CD disk - many kinds available (probably Linux) that will allow you to delete any file, since Windows won't be running. Cheesy

severedsolo
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

google a program called Lockhunter, it is the 64 bit version of Unlocker
newthing
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

Delete stubborn things in safe mode
or Linux  Smiley
Community Gaffer
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

This is a bug I think as I get the same problem occasionally on my Win 7 x64 install. I think it's something to do with the locking of the thumbnails as it doesn't happen if you turn thumbnails off. I found a reasonably informative thread a while back by googling the error.
Edit: here it is.

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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

I deleted in Safe mode in the end as I had to reboot after updates anyway.
Quote from: Waldo
I'd try deleting them from the command line (but I've never used W7)  Smiley

Nope - didn't twork.
Quote from: Denzil
Unlocker used to be very handy, but it doesn't work in Win 7.

It works OK in 32 bit.
Quote from: severedsolo
google a program called Lockhunter, it is the 64 bit version of Unlocker

I'll look for this for future use.
Cheers all.

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newthing
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Re: Unable to delete file in W7

Dave: aargh , thats happened on so many occasions,
I've stopped thinking about a possible cause,
It is in fact a bug.
M$ unspeakable oaths..
T.