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i have installed software onto a THINK PAD with win3.1
i now get the message "write protected disc in drive c"
i cannot delete or uninstall anything to get rid of this.
it would seem that the h/d is full. what can i do to remove
this problem?
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by:wsanchez
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Could you delete using DOS?
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by:FuzzyLogic
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If the problem is because of full HD, than it easy to fix the problem.
Just go to the directory of your new software and erase it using DOS shell. Some files will remain in the windows directory, but it is harder to find them...
In case you cannot go into DOS mode, you can reboot your computer from disk with only DOS on it.
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pviaene earned 200 total points
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Like Fuzzylocig said :

Just exit windows 3.1 and go to the directory where you installed your new software
and delete the corresponding files .

Hope this helps,

Peter,
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by:FuzzyLogic
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Well, if this helps, I should get the points. Isn't it pviaene?
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by:wsanchez
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Let holt decide on that, guys.
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by:holt
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i have tried to delete the file thru'dos,i still get the same
message i.e "write protected.........drice c abort retry fail.
I am really at a standstill on this one.
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by:wsanchez
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When specifically does it say "write protected..."?  Also see how many free space you still have on your hd thru DOS.  It might not be because your hd is full. Just 'might'.
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by:holt
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sorry guys,me again...
the message write protected is there when the pc is started up,
when i try to delete any files or do any task.
there is 0 space on the h/d.  
Help me guys, i'm desperate...
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by:wsanchez
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Try deleting more files which you do not really need.  You really cannot run windows with 0 space.
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by:Fischnase
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Try to boot with a bootdisk (or press F5 several times while booting) and delete at first all files in C:\temp or C:\windows\temp. Then start Scandisk or CHKDSK. Check the space now avilable on the HDD with dir. If there is any *.CHK - file you should delete it, too.

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by:wsanchez
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you could copy all your files, preferrably DOS-based files, which you do not use that often to floppy disks.  then delete the copies on your hard disk.
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by:dsps
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You need "PFM" program Dos version it will show you all the files in any file,directories,auto.exe, etc and you can remove the write protected from any file. You can also see whats causing the problem.. Don't delete anymore files..

Let me know if you need the program? Herman,Html-VB Programmer
dspsinc@aol.com
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by:holt
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I have been able to fix the problem..thanks for all your help.
i could not have done it without you guys...
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