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How to delete “stubborn” files/folders

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by kappa84, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. kappa84

    kappa84 Senior Member Webmaster


    • Most of the time Log off or Restart should be enough, after that you can delete it easily.

    • Delete it from Command Prompt:
    - Start -> Run; write cmd and then press ENTER
    - Close explorer.exe with the following command: taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    - Delete the file/folder using the commands given in the below example:

    Create a New Folder in C:\Program Files and in this folder create a New text document.txt.
    To delete the .txt document we use the command: DEL "%ProgramFiles%\New Folder\New text document.txt"
    To delete the folder use the command: RD "%ProgramFiles%\New Folder"
    DEL – Delete ….
    RD – Remove Directory
    “” – Inverted commas are necessarily every time the path or the file/folder contains space in it’s name

    • Safe Mode is a diagnosis way with a minimum configuration and generic drivers. To enter Safe Mode restart your computer and before Windows’ logo appears push F8, then choose Safe Mode. Here delete the file/folder.

    • Use a LIVE CD like LinuxDefender Live! CD, SystemRescueCd or Knoppix

    If after all those methods you didn’t succed to delete the unwanted file/folder, maybe it’s a problem with “file’s corruption”.
    Files can corrupt because of:
    - bad sectors on your hard-drive
    - lost clusters
    - a bad functionality of your antivirus
    - malware
    - forced system shutdown

    Usual repair technique:

    - run Check Disk from Command Prompt
    Chkdsk C:/
    ( replace C: with the letter for your problematic partition)

    Hope this little tutorial will help you, I just hate when I have stubborn files on my computer.And that happens really often. :boiling:
  2. smeagain

    smeagain Distinguished Member Webmaster

    I use a little utility called "Killbox" which sorts stubborn files out.
  3. kappa84

    kappa84 Senior Member Webmaster

    Hmm, never heard about it until now, I'll try that tool too, thanks. ;)
  4. smeagain

    smeagain Distinguished Member Webmaster

    Yes, just Google it.

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