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    Super Moderator Super Moderator Big Booger's Avatar
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    Delete a Movie File that is undeletable

    3) File Deletion: A "Doh" Moment

    Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred-- We had the same problem on our Windows
    2000 machines. Here's what was going on. You open a Windows
    Explorer window because you prefer GUIs to command lines. (Yes,
    you're in league with dark, satanic forces. Bear with me.)

    You click on an AVI file to delete it. But it won't delete--
    it's "open." Why? Is it a conspiracy? (Yes, but that's not the
    problem.) Is it that the universe despises you? (No, that's
    also unrelated. Besides, I like you.)

    The reason the file can't be deleted is because it's open...by
    the preview panel on the left side of your Windows Explorer
    window!

    Yep--that little Windows Media Player preview box, with the
    usual Player controls underneath, has opened your file. WMP
    loves opening files. It can't help itself. WMP is to media
    files what Bill Gates is to money it sucks 'em up. <insert your
    own joke here>.

    Solution: Select some other file or close the GUI window. Open
    a command ("DOS") window. Navigate to the offending file and,
    as the Torah clearly states, "If thy file offends thee, pluck
    it out, yea though it protesteth mightily under the GUI." (It's
    in there, really, next to the TV listings for Gomorrah and
    Sodom.) That is, use the erase command to drop some whoopass on
    the unwanted file.

    A second cause of this problem is specific to Adobe Premiere.
    The 6.0 version of Premiere forgets to close files. We have to
    exit the program before we can delete files.

    Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, I hope this helps. --- David Schachter

    Thanks, David. Indeed, this is blindlingly obvious in 2K/XP and ME,
    although I admit I totally missed it. My feeble defense: I rarely use
    the
    preview panel. (You can disable it in a few clicks: In Windows Explorer
    in 2K/XP and ME, click to Tools/Folder Options/Use Windows Classic
    folders.) I've now re-enabled the preview pane on my copy of XP, so I
    won't miss something like this again. 8-)

    [Note to Win98 users: Win98 doesn't offer automatic previews of
    selected
    files, so this issue doesn't apply to you.]

    In any case, now we have a whole range of possible reasons why a file
    may
    be undeletable--- from the in-your-face obvious reasons to fairly
    obscure
    ones--- and fixes for them all.

    Thanks to everyone who wrote in!

    The above is from the langa list! I knew how to go into command prompt and delete, but I never knew that the preview pane was responsible for the undeletableness of the files.

    Interesting.

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    Another quick way to remove an undeletable avi file is just to rename it with another extension.

    i.e rename movie.avi to movie.txt and then delete it.Works for me.

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    Originally posted by Reverend
    Another quick way to remove an undeletable avi file is just to rename it with another extension.

    i.e rename movie.avi to movie.txt and then delete it.Works for me.
    You can also move the file to desktop and then erase

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    Never mind. I solved the problem. Thanks.
    Last edited by veronica; March 28th, 2004 at 04:33 AM.

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    To get to the command prompt,
    click start,
    click run
    type CMD

    Then press enter.

    -or-

    Start
    All programs
    accessories
    command prompt (the icon is black with a c:\ on it)

    To navigate try these basic commands

    dir = list the directory structure of the folder that you are in.
    cd (foldername) = moves to the folder

    cd ../ = moves back to the previous folder or back to the root folder.. keep doing this to get to C:

    del (filename) = deletes the file name.



    You may also want to try this fix if the offending file is an AVI movie:

    http://techzonez.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8442

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