How do I delete files without booting?

Jul 9, 2010
  1. Hello

    I need some help i did something wrong and installed a file to system32 now my windows cannot boot is there is anything i can do to delete the file without booting i tried the cmd but i couldn't delete it please can you help me any post will be appreciated.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    try booting into Safe Mode (using F8 while still in VGA mode)
  3. lobster1979

    lobster1979 TS Rookie

    Yep after your post message just start mashing down repeatedly on the f8 key it'll give you a menu for booting up in safe mode, safe mode with network, safe mode with command prompt. you should be able to delete/uninstall it there.
  4. ruready2

    ruready2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    If the above methods don't work tell me what Operating System you have. Always list the computer's specs when asking questions about the computer. Each operating system has different repair tools.
  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    download OTLPE or any other BART (Bootable Anti-Virus and Recovery tools) disk iso and burn it. the computer will boot the environment from the disk and you will have full access to your files that way. this is a good alternative if Safe Mode doesn't work.
  6. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Your question...

    The answer to your question: You can't delete files without booting into something (I count another computer as something). Try a Linux Live CD/DVD/USB. If you don't mind, what did you install to system32?
  7. Omur

    Omur TS Rookie

    If you want to delete a file without can take off that hard disk and put 'em up as a second harddisk in another computer. Than start that computer system with 2 harddisks and go to "My computer" and open the second drive...and find the file that you will delete...

    I hope it will be helpfull...
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    At least you said 'start' instead of 'boot'.

    Might be more helpful if you were more specific.], a little vague.
  9. Omur

    Omur TS Rookie

    when you take off the harddisk from your current system and put em in another computer as a second harddisk, than you can run that other system with 2 harddisk.

    The computer will start/boot with his own harddisk and when the system is running you can go to "my computer" and open the second harddrive (the second harddrive is the harddisk that you has remove from your own computer and has put in another computer)

    I hope it is now understandable and not vague :D successss
  10. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    pull the hard drive out and put it anther pc XD
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    You could pull the drive, but that seems like too much work when you can just boot off of a Live CD.

    Try Bart (if your not a Linux fan) or for Linux.

    Least using a live CD you don't need to worry about any other issues as everything remains the same except for removing your file.
  12. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    lol but u need a working windows to make a bart pe cd
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I'm guessing that isn't a problem as the OP is still posting on the forum. ;)
  14. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    lol did realize XD
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