How can I delete useless files.

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  1. Homer_Jay_Thompson

    Homer_Jay_Thompson blathering blatherskite

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    I am trying to delete some useless files, but Windows XP thinks they are currently in use. I checked the process and application list and they are not in use. How can I delete these files?
     
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    Sometimes I get that. On my PC, that is :p.

    What I usually do is I restart my PC, and then once Windows is loaded try deleting it again. It might work, I've had it work many times. Usually, some weird application is somehow using it in some way, but if you don't open any application yet maybe you can delete it.
     
  3. Matt

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    Yep, restarting solves the problem unless a) Windows uses the file or b) the program that was using it is a start up program.

    Matt
     
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    Nope. Neither of those techniques are going to solve this problem because Windows thinks it is using them for some reason. Could these be a type of virus or spyware? My virus scanner and several spyware detectors are not finding anything though.
     
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    reinstall windows (clean install) and it will also take off all the crap the manufacturer put on
     
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    I use A1Click PC Cleaner to scan my computer and get rid of useless files. It does cost $29.95 but in my opinion it's worth it.
     
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    Try booting info safe mode and then deleting it.
     
  8. Jalf

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    If safe mode doesn't work, you can almost always delete them through the command prompt (cmd.exe) if you close explorer.exe in task manager.
     
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    Really? Wow, that's awesome. I never knew that... Thanks for the great tip, Jalf. :cool:

    Matt
     
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