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Windows XP keeps coming up with the error file is in use by another program or person, when i try to rename or delete an .avi file.

I saw a recent post on this topic instructing the user to rename a registry key under:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{87D62???-*} and then to rename the subkey from inprocserver32 to something else. I have tried doing this but this means that i cannot view any file properties for .avi files.

As i understand, it is to do with win XP searching through the .avi file to find the properties that causes part of the problem.

Is there another way to solve this problem without the loss of the file properties?
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by:tedsky
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Greetings!
If you are using a P2P program to gather AVI files, that may be where it is "in use by another program or person".
If they are downloading your file or have started downloading it, but haven't completed this, it may be necessary to boot into Safe Mode where your P2P program isn't loaded into memory, then delete the AVI file while in that mode.
It's basically a "shared" state that's restricting you, I believe.
Ted
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by:mgoodall
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None of the avi files in question have actually been downloaded, they are files either transferred from a cd or created by other programs (which are all closed down).
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by:tedsky
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Ah, ok - was just a thought.
I'd read here at EE that there was an issue with AVI in XP, but I may have to dig for that one for you ... give me a few minutes ...
Ted
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by:mgoodall
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The post that i found at here at EE was at the following url:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20284583.html
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by:tedsky
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Hello again!
Well, that's not the one i was holing to find, but it was certainly full of info - seems as though Vasp had a handle on it, anyway.
All I could think of was what i'd already mentioned (someone/something else currently using the file(s)).
Wish I could offer you something else, sorry.
If I think of or find anything else, I'll be back,
Ted
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by:sramesh2k
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Yea! it is good idea to delete it from safe mode.

If that does not help, refer this article:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Q_20341983.html#1

Also, turn off the view thumbnails option in the folder and try deleting the file.
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by:mgoodall
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Thanks,

Its just been really bugging me. Its good that i can now delete the file but it would be nice to be able to view all the properties as well.

Mark
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by:tedsky
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(SR - that's the one I was looking for - at least it backed up what we're saying ;)
Mgoodall, as my colleague SR has added, check that thunbnails are not chosen, as this may be messing with your system's ability to show file properties.
Ted
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by:CrazyOne
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Don't use Explorer

Instead do this

Start > Run cmd

DEL C:\TheFolder\TheFile
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by:CrazyOne
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Hi sramesh2k
Hi Ted
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by:ptalindstrom
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The best solution I have found so far to this very annoying problem is to use a different "explorer" program that the crap that MS provides. I have been using Nero's explorer window for moves/renames/deletes or large files which seem to be the ones causing the problems.

On one occassion there was a file that Nero could not delete. I found using the program "Process Explorer" (i.e. a super taskmanager) that there was a "lost" process that was linked to this file. The process did not show up in XPs task manager - once i killed it with Process Explorer i could delete the file. This was a rare occurance however that i needed to do this.

hope this helps.

peter...
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by:tedsky
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(PT - thanks for the Nero Explorer tidbit)
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by:CrazyOne
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You can also you use Notepad or Windows Media player to delete or rename as well as long as the avi file is broken or missing header info.
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by:Pete Long
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mgoodall,
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