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    I was just wondering if any of you've heard about a program that can erase any files. I have some mpeg files and such that I cant remove because windows says a program is using them. But there arent any programs using the files and therefore my problem. So I am currently searching for a program that I could use for the task at hand.
    Thanks for any help. I appreciate it.

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    Try deleting them from the safe mode.

    Cheers

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    I sometimes have that problem did, you try restarting your computer and then delting the file straight away without connecting to the internet or anything, that usually helped for me

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    close up all processes in taskmanager who are in connestion with inernet and audio or video programms
    (winamp and so on)and then try to kill again your valid files
    I'm not a signature I only the one how cleans up this room

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    I'm willing to bet it's an AVI file as this is a known bug in xp. Lots on the net about this bug. I googilised the problem and came up with this:

    One of the video bugs in Windows XP is that you may not be able to delete or move a video avi file. Attempting to do so may result in an error message stating that the file is in use by another program and cannot be deleted. This usually happens with flawed or large avi files. The problem is that Windows XP reads the entire contents of the file into memory before even allowing you access to it (i.e. - when you click to highlight the file or right click to view the Properties). The bug responsible for this behavior is the file shmedia.dll which is in your System folder and called into play by the registry. Thus to fix this problem, all we need to do is delete the problem key so that shmedia.dll will no longer be used when you click a video file.
    Click Start>Run, type REGEDIT and click Ok. Then make your way to this InProcServer32 key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >SOFTWARE >Classes > CLSID > {87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}> InProcServer32

    Right click the InProcServer32 key and choose Delete. And that's all there is to it. This will prevent Windows from loading shmedia.dll when you work with video files and thus you should no longer have problems deleting or moving any video files. Also if you have a video file you can't delete now, deleting this key will allow you to do so. If not, log out and log in again to delete the file.

    If deleting the registry key makes you uncomfortable, you can export and save the reg key first. Alternately, you can rename the key by preceding the name with something like zzzz or 123.

    Another method for deleting problem files (not just avi files) is by closing explorer and using the command line to delete the file. Here I'll give you a method that doesn't require you to enter any paths.

    Find cmd.exe (it's in your Windows\System32 folder) and COPY it to the folder that contains your problem file.
    Double click the copied cmd.exe and leave the dos window open.
    Then click Ctrl-Alt-Del and choose Task Manager>Processes tab. Select Explorer and click End Process.
    Once ended, enter your delete command in the open dos box:
    del mymovie.avi (where "mymovie" is the name of your avi file)
    Press Enter.
    Then press Ctrl Alt Del again to get to the Task Manager>Processes tab.
    Click File>New Task.
    Enter EXPLORER.EXE and click Ok to get Windows back to normal.
    The file should now be gone.

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    The thing with the cmd.exe seemed to work, and it did, as long as you werent erasing any files with a blank in their names...
    for example:
    file_name.avi could easily be deleted, but
    file name.avi could not... The program just searched for the first word in those cases...
    Is there anything else you can type instead of the blank?

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    Use a * might do the trick.

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    that's right, the (*) should work in the filename. If you wanted to delete all mpeg files do

    del /q *.mpeg

    Also, if it's something like file name.avi do the 8.3 naming convention for old DOS

    del /q filename.avi or if it's a filename bigger than 8 characters...

    filename333333333.avi

    del /q filename~1.avi (notice the tilda)

    Partieā„¢

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    Thanx for the help everyone!!!
    I really appreciated it!!!

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    Had exactly the same problem... downloaded Shrek 2 earlier, every time i even scrolled my mouse over it... it made the system freeze.

    followed the instructions, and voila!

    thanks guys.