47. How Do I Delete An Undeletable File
There are occasions when you attempt to delete a
particular file from windows explorer and are faced
with an error message informing you that the file is
undeletable. No matter what you seems to try the
problem still persists and Windows will not let you
delete the offending file. Here is a way of getting
round the problem.
- Click the Start Button.
- Click All Programs followed
- In the Accessories drop
down menu click, Command Prompt.
- The Command Prompt window will now open.
- Close all other programs that are running
with the exception of the Command Prompt.
- Now click Start and then
- In the Run dialog box type:
- In the Task Manager window
click on the Processes tab.
- From the processes list highlight
Explorer.exe and then click the End
- Don't close the Task Manager
window, leave it open. At this stage you should
have the Command Prompt window
and the Task Manager window
- Now return to the Command Prompt
window and change the directory to the
directory that contains the file(s) you wish to
- At the Command Prompt type: del ***
(where *** is the name of the file you want to
- 13/Press Enter to delete
- Now go back to the Task Manager
- 15/ Click File>New Task.
- In the New task dialog box
- The Explorer User Interface (GUI) should now
- Finally close the Task
Manager Window and the Command Prompt Window.