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Unable to delete file in Windows 2008 Server

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I'm currently trying to delete a file in Windows 2008 Server, but when I try this it comes back with "Could not find this item" "Verify location and try again". I've tried to delete the file from the command line, but this hasn't worked either. I am able to open the folder and even make a copy that can be moved to the desktop, and deleted, but I'm unable  to delete the original file

Does anyone know how to resolve this issue? Any assistance would be appreciated
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use process explorer to see what handles are on the file.  Kill the handles (if comfortable doing so), and see if you can delete it at that point.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653


You can configure Proc. Exp so that you can see handles in the lower pane.
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Yea, but you should really know what you are killing and how it can affect the system.   To use an application to delete a file without understanding why it is locked (even at a surface level) is reckless.
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I've tried using Process Explorer, but it doesn't show any handles on the files.
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In addition to this I've tried looking at the permissions for the folder in question and it states that "The requested security information is either unavailable or cannot be displayed"
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The program that I posted will tell you exactly what is holding onto the file is any program is. Use it this will allow you to delete.
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After trying several methods I tried using the software recommend and it worked first time.

Thanks for your help
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