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Like passing a digital kidney stone...

I have several files stuck in my Recycle Bin. The computer won't let me delete them, won't let me empty the recycle bin of them, won't let me restore them either. I can't use WhoLockMe or FileAssassin on them, either, because they don't come up on the right-click menu in there for some reason.

And of COURSE they're all video files. For some reason, I only have trouble with video files. Especially .mov format. I have to use FileAssassin just to move them from one place to another. No idea if WhoLockMe even works on this computer, either... nothing happens when I click it.

Speaking of things that don't work, Internet Explorer finally updated. It comes up for about 20 seconds when I click on it, before it shuts itself off. I thought IE 8 was supposed to be based on Firefox code? Gods, even when they steal someone else's code they can't get that piece of shit to work right...

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kengr
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Boot into safe mode and then try deleting the files.

Also, one of the things that can"lock"stuff is that some programs fail to "let go" of the last file they accessed (or the directory it was in) until you either shut them down, or open something else.

Given that you almost certainly used Quicktime to play the MOV file, and that Quicktime has that little icon down in the lower right part of the taskbar... it's "always running".
fayanora
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh boy...

So how do I boot into safe mode, again?
kengr
Jun. 5th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
After the computer does the POST (power on self test), which is the bit where it displays stuff about the hardware. (Note many Compaq, HP, Dell, etc boxes just display the company logo onscreen during that time) the screen goes black for a bit (sometimes only a few seconds, sometimes longer) before displaying the Windows logo.

Hit F8 during that black period. You'll get a menu with Safe Mode as one of the choices.

fayanora
Jun. 6th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Cool.
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