Cannot delete .exe file process in use

By shabba ยท 6 replies
Jan 30, 2009
  1. Hi
    I recently downloaded a program called geogebra which is basically a childrens learning tool, basically my lecturer sent me a program he had set up on it a .ggb file.
    I had a little trouble opening it at first and set it to a .exe file (Big mistake) now its an application and i cant do anything with it.

    Ive read some previous posts to similar problems and attempted their solutions but none have worked

    ive entered "del C:\DOCUME~1\User\INCOMP~1\Desktop\RAYDIA*" into windows command and it says "The process cannot access the file because it is been used by another process"

    I cant find it in task manger to stop it and im worried im going to have this file on my desktop forev

    Can anybody help me?
  2. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Boot to Safe mode.

    A File in use does not mean it has to be a program and running, which only running programs show in Taskmgr.

    Left Drag mouse and Copy for Pasting all text in the box below. Make sure the slider bar goes to bottom from the @ to the end of the second exit.

    Then paste to the black screen of an open command prompt.

    @echo off
    attrib -h -s -r RAYDIA*.* /s
    del /f RAYDIA*.* /s
    Answer yes if prompted!

  3. shabba

    shabba TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for replying Mike

    It didnt work im afraid.
    I may have done it wrong.
    I went to start-run then entered cmd and pasted the text there. After a moment I saw a glimpse of cannot delete file because it is been used by another process. Before the window closed.
  4. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Did you boot to Safe mode?

    type in run command
    hit enter or click OK

    Now paste directly to the black screen should read C:\Documents and settings\(your logon name).

  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    You will need to make sure though that it does not start when you boot, or it will not allow the uninstall:

    Start> Run> type in ''msconfig' without the quotes> Selective Start-up> Startup tab> uncheck the process that is for this> Apply> OK.

    Reboot> Close the nag message that comes up after checking 'don't show this message again'.

    Now do the uninstall in the Control Panel> Add/Remove Programs or the delete of the .exe file.

    If problem persists, use Windows Installer Cleanup Utility to remove files:;en-us;290301
  6. shabba

    shabba TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The code worked in safe-mode although I couldnt for the life of me find what process was trying to use it.
    Never mind its gone now.

    Thanks for the help much appreciated

  7. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655


    Thanks for the update!

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