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Hi

I'm not sure whether this is the right forum, please kick me to somewhere suitable if it isn't.

I am using Mozilla Firefox as my standard browser
About two months ago I started downloading a Battlefield patchfile. The download took too long and I ran out of time so I killed the download which left me with a partial file sitting on my desktop. Every time I tried to remove it I got an error saying that this file was in use by another program or person and that it couldn't be deleted just yet.

What to do?

any suggestions are greatly appreciated
Heinz
 

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Hi,

Try starting in SAFE MODE. Press F8 as your machine passes POST but before it starts Windows.

Choose SAFE Mode from the start menu list

Now try to delete the file.

hth

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Yeah, did that ... just after posting, shame on me (and even more so as I had to google to find out how that works)

Computer said "No!"

file's still in use
any other suggestions?
 

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Hi,

Try starting in SAFE MODE DOS COMAND PROMPT and delete the file from there.

You will need to make a note of the full full name whilst in Wndows

The file name may well be shortened by winfows to something like

FILENAME ~҃1.EXE

The squiggle is the TILDE character.

Right click on the file in Windows, choose properties and cut and paste the file name.

Paste it into Wordpad or Notepad so you can read it.


Once in XP DOS you will have to navigate to the location of the file with CD commands

CD \
CD WINDOWS
XS FIKDERNAME
CD NEXT FOLDER NAME


The delete the file

DEL FILENAME~1.exe

HTH

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Have you tried to download the Battlefield patchfile again, it may continue where it left off when you killed it, then you may be able to either use the patchfile or delete it.
 

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Yay

got rid of it
found the file in the desktop folder of my main account...
deleted it in dos mode, but first it wouldn't find the file as it had too many dots in it. (something like ...v1.5-v1.6.19.exe)
so I had to enter variables into the command

Tried downloading again, but didn't work... it just started downloading as ...(2).exe

problem solved, thatnks for helping
Heinz
 
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