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Old 04-18-2006, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a PC running Windows XP. For the past few years, I've had no problems adding music files (either downloaded legally, or taken from my bought CD's). I have stored these in my Shared Folder under Shared Music so they are accessible by both myself and my girlfriend.

However, I have recently wanted to delete all of these music files and have found that no matter what I try, I cant delete them.

I have tried all of the following with no luck:

1) Clicking delete (and other combinations of deleting the folder/ dragging to bin etc)
2) I have made sure the file properties are not read only
3) I have tried to delete from the dos prompt
4) I have installed both WhoLockMe and Unlocked 1.8.1 - both of which do not delete the files on startup like they suggest they will do.
5) I guessed it must be something else locking the files - so i have even rebooted running from a bootable Linux CD - incase it was something Windows was doing on start - but even this wont allow me to delete the files

The windows error message I get is the usual "Access is denied" window box. but i still get this when i have no other applications open and the file open for read/write access

Anyone got any suggestions?
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boot into safe mode , and try deleting them.

Also make sure Windows media player, winamp, etc. arent open and using the files.
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check permissions of that folder , sounds like they arent set right
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I have also tried in Safe Mode - and still no luck - same error Access is Denied
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do you know if they are WMA or MP3?
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Mostly, mp3 but I have some WMV files, some Avis and mpg's.
All the files in the shared folder seem to be locked by something but whatever i try, doesnt seem to unlock them.
I cant find out any more info. Nothing seems to be actually locking them, I can play them with Windows Media player fine - so they are not corrupt. Windows Media player isnt locking them either.
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Have you try deleting single files from the folder? If you could move the files do it and move it to another folder and then delete.
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Have tried that too with no luck i;m afraid.
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Can I know what version of XP, is this Home or Pro?
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Windows XP Home Edition
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