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Deleting hotfix temporary folders

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When deploying MS hotfixes (via Patchlink Update -not that it matters), the hotfix uncompresses to a temporary folder with a random character name. It seems to choose the drive with the most available space on to uncompress to. Unfortunately I can't delete these folders as I get an "In Use" error. This is after multiple reboots.

Can anyone suggest a method by which I can delete these folders. I would prefer one that did not use a 3rd party utility if possible. I would also like an explanation of why the OS is locking these files in particular. If it matters I am particularly looking at a large shared SAN disk used on a 2 node clustered file server.

Cheers.

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Boot in safe mode and delete them...
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btw, the files arent supposed to be locked, I'm deleting them over here with no problem at all.. but i'm using shavlik's product..
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Most times you cannot delete files/folder but you can rename them. Rename the folder then restart the machine.  When the machine comes back up you can delete the folder.

This works for files also that may be in use on WinNT or higher.

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