posted on Mar, 30 2006 @ 04:42 AM
Sometimes this technique works:
1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete or right click on the taskbar and choose 'Task Manager'
2. Choose the 'Processes' tab and kill the 'explorer.exe' process. This will make all open folders and the taskbar disappear.
3. Select 'File' then 'New Task (Run...)' from the menu in the Task Manager and type 'explorer' without the quotes. Press 'Ok'. The taskbar
will appear again.
4. Try deleting the file again.
The advantage of this method is that you don't need to restart the computer. But if that doesn't work try the 'Safe Mode' method.
To get into safe mode, do the following:
1. Restart the computer and watch the screen carefully.
2. After the screen that says 'Detecting IDE drives' or something to that effect (IDE ATAPI CD/DVD...etc.), the screen will display a table that
shows your devices, RAM, IRQ assignments and all that gobledegook. Press the 'F8' key (repeatedly so you don't miss the window of opportunity) at
this critical moment before the computer shows the Windows loading screen with the moving scroll thingy at the bottom of the logo.
3. A menu will come up with all kinds of boot options. Choose the 'safe mode' option or the 'directory services restore' option (I never figured
out what the difference is)
4. Once Windows has loaded a popup will appear asking you whether you want to proceed to safe mode or use system restore. Choose 'Yes' for safe
mode, 'No' for system restore.
5. Try deleting the file. Shouldn't be a problem at this point.
[edit on 30-3-2006 by Beachcoma]