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Delete a file that refuses to budge

dc197 asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I downloaded a ISO, burned it, now it will not budge.
I can rename the file, that is the strange thing.
Cannot delete it via DOS or Explorer (Access Is Denied).
Nor through code (Bad File Name or Number).

Any ideas?
I tried safe mode, stopping all services.

High points cos I am so pissed off.

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right click the file >> properties >> security tab >>advanced tab >> verify that you are the owner
if you are not then you can change that here.

have you tried moving it to a different folder then from dos navigate to the folder and issue the
command del *


Eeryone was listed, full control.
Added myself explicitly, full control, no avail.

Can move file, can't del from new position!


Made me the owner, no good.
Sorry about the link.  The following article goes through just about every possible reason why you would not be able to delete a file or folder on an NTFS volume.  Just something to step through and see what applies, in case you haven't seen the article before.


Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

What about the file attributes..??


Attribes - normal.

MS link - tried them.
I don't think another proc has the file open or I could not move or rename it.
Look like some kinda feck-up within the file or the file system

Can you create a new file with the same name (convert textfile.txt to whatever.iso) then
move it to the same folder and accept yes when it asks to replace the existing file. then try to delete it?

I know....I'm grasping :)

Have you set explorer to show all files including system files?
Maybe there is another tag along file. (Even less likely than my first suggestion)

where did you get this iso? I want to try it!

Do you have a firewall...has anything new tried to get out since you downloaded this file?
Any chance the website was malicious?

If so you can check for spyware by downloading AdAware here:

or you can download a tool called hijackthis that will show you more info than programs like adaware will

since you said you booted into safe mode and could not delete this file the chances of this being the cause decreases
but its still worth a try
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how about RMDIR from a command windows

RMDIR c:\marvin\badfile.fil
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005
This one is on us!
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This one is on us!
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

This is a tough one..

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