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Thread: Windows wont let me delete certain files off my HDD.

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    When i try to delete a file off my hard drive, i get a message from windows stating that access is denied to delete the file. The file is 0KB and it really cant be opened with any program. I have administrator privelages , and when i logged in as administrator in safe mode , i still wasnt able to delete the file. Does anyone have some sort of solution of how i would delete this file please ?

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    Depends on what kind of file it is.

    If it isn't important at all one idea might be to try and edit out any references to it your registry. It might also be in use by a running process, so that process might need to be terminated, but of course, if it's a process windows needs to work then you can't do that.

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    what kind of file? file name?
    or are you not at liberty to disclose that kind of info
    as snny said, if its a windows file, you could be SOL
    if its a NON-windows-critical kinda file....
    you can try it in DOS or some kind of "delete on reboot" app
    there are some, i just cant think of what they are ATM

    EXAMPLES (for DOS deletion)

    del test.tmp = Deletes the test.tmp in the directory that you currently are in, if the file exists.
    del c:\windows\test.tmp = Delete the c:\windows\test.tmp in the windows directory if it exists.
    del c:\windows\temp\*.* = (* is for wild character(s)) *.* indicates that you would like to delete all files in the c:\windows\temp directory.
    del c:\windows\temp\?est.tmp = (? is a single wild character for one letter) This command would delete any file ending with est.tmp such as pest.tmp or zest.tmp...
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    You could always delete it from another OS if you've got a multiboot system or Knoppix. Linux can't write to ntfs tho'.

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    Turn of WFP, then you can do anything with windows....
    Use this tool attached if you dont know how
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    This program will delete anything
    see attachment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harsh!
    Turn of WFP, then you can do anything with windows....
    Use this tool attached if you dont know how
    Then there's no safeguard if the file is supposed to be there. WFP caches/checks system files so they can be replaced if a file goes missing.

    Turning it off if you know what you are doing is OK, but I don't think it's Formula's thing, really.


    EDit: And I hope that tool lets him turn it on just as easily if he uses it, 'cos turning it off also makes you more susceptible to viruses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnnY
    Then there's no safeguard if the file is supposed to be there. WFP caches/checks system files so they can be replaced if a file goes missing.

    Turning it off if you know what you are doing is OK, but I don't think it's Formula's thing, really.


    EDit: And I hope that tool lets him turn it on just as easily if he uses it, 'cos turning it off also makes you more susceptible to viruses.
    More susceptible to viruses?? how so?
    Half the crap its protecting doesnt need to be there which is why Billy Gates and his Merry Men invented WFP, )...You dont really believe that crap about WFP protecting critical system files do you?Its like the Windows Firewall, it does fuck all when it comes down to it...If you accidentally delete something critical, its a 2 minute journey into "Recovery Console" with your installation CD to replace it....

    The file I posted lets you turn on\off WFP at will...SAFE mode only...
    Ive got a better one somewhere that lets you do it on the fly with no reboot required...
    Ive found it real good for getting rid of all the junk Windows comes with

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    viruses that could overwrite critical files if protection is disabled.

    anyway, we really nned more info, Formula1. is it just one particular file?
    ...and what's the filetype, location, etc. if it is.

    this post is guaranteed 100% parrot-free

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    One of these files came with the Unreal tournament 2004 demo, when i try to delete the game's folder , i get an error stating "cannot delete server admin file , acess denied". Another file i can delete is a file that came with a an album i tried to get off of bittorrent, its just a random file that came with the album, and windows wont let me delete it.
    @Zedaxax, that program doesnt work at all

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