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Old Nov 12, 2003, 06:28 AM
st@n8659 st@n8659 is offline
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Default file protection [dell; ; winXP]

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when i try to delete some file it says the file are being used by another user or program .

How do i find out what program is using these files

Old Nov 12, 2003, 07:06 AM
TierraDelFuego TierraDelFuego is offline
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there are a few programs which may be able to help with this but it all depends on what type of files you are deleting and where they are.

Process Explorer at *********** will tell what dll's are being used by various programs, but hopefully you aren't deleting dll files.

If these are temp files then more often than not they are being held by an MS Office application, and will be able to be deleted after a reboot or by going into DOS from a boot disk.


As an addendum though and not pointed at yourself st@n8659, with the size and cost of today's HD's, I really don't see what the fascination is with deleting every file that exists.
Old Nov 12, 2003, 07:11 AM
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I'm trying to delete A temp part file from emule(I've uninstalled emule but still can't delete) and a couple of rar files and i uninstalled winrar but nothing.
I haven't got office installed

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