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Old 02-24-2009, 04:45 AM   #1
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Default Recycle Bin won't delete files

Running Vista. Most files can be sent to Recycle Bin and deleted just fine, but I had one file that wouldn't delete no matter what I did. Now I have two files that won't delete.

The first is an mp4 file and the second is a quicktime file. Both were temporary files before being sent to the RB (incomplete files from Limewire). When I try to empty the RB, I'm given the message:

"Deleting 2 items (709 KB)
from Recycle Bin
Discovered 0 items (0 bytes)..."

...and it simply will stay on that message until I cancel it.

How can I get rid of these files? I tried using the command prompt, but even after using "ATTRIB -R -S -H *.*" from the Recycle Bin directory, it can't find the files, as though they aren't there.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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Try a restore, then delete them again.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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If that doesn't do it, restore hagain, and use Shift+Del. That erases the file without it to go in the recycle bin.
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If those suggestions don't work, there are programs you can download that will force windows to delete files. I used to use one called Unlocker.
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In the end if none of these options work. Try to boot up in Safe Mode and see if it allows you to delete the files then. I would try this before downloading any 3rd party software.
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reboot.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Recycle Bin won't delete files

Thanks for all the help, everyone - problem solved! Now if anyone could be so kind as to help me with my other computer, I still need it: http://www.computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=81936

As for this one, rebooting is always the first thing I try when I can't solve a problem, so that wasn't quite it. I tried restoring the files and was given almost the same problem as when I tried to delete them (I meant to put that in the original post... whoops). REBOOTING IN SAFE MODE was what did the trick. I still don't know why it worked, but at least it worked! 3rd party software was my next option, and I didn't want to have to go down that path.

Thanks again, everyone!
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