cant delete a movie./!!

  moby58 23:59 12 Feb 04

downloaded an avi movie clip...want to delete it-but comes up "being used by another person or program".....but its not!using windows xp/switched computer off 2 or 3 times...still no joy.played the movie previously on divx player,plus tried windows media player-windows wouldnt play it[didnt recognise it]burned movie onto a disc thru nero-wont play on dvd/or in computer----only played on divx player---just want to delete it now!how can i delete it-any ideas??thanks!just wont go!

  MAJ 00:07 13 Feb 04

Try deleting it from Safe Mode.

  JIM 00:27 13 Feb 04

lurking in the temp internet files waiting for deletion first?

  timmybaby 00:40 13 Feb 04

Windows XP has issues with handling large AVI files because it tries to read in the whole file when you access it. Try deleting the following registry key to see if this clears it up.


Hope this helps.....

  ©®@$? 00:50 13 Feb 04

three things you can try

deleting in safe mode ( probably wont work)

deleting from command prompt

or removing a registry key

previously i have been successful with deleting it from the command prompt but not from safe mode, but there has been times when i cannot delete them from the command prompt..

if your going to try and delete them from the command prompt, make sure you havn't already tried to delete the avi file the normal way by right clicking and delete, because what happens is that windows tries to read the whole avi file,andwindows seem to have a REALLY big problem when it comes to reading AVI files. It seems that when you click on an AVI file in explorer, it'll try to read the entire AVI file to determine the width,height, etc. of the AVI file (this is displayed in the Properties window)from how long it is,what size it is and viewable size the video is etc, as windows is not very good at reading the properties of the avi file, this causes windows to display the little preview window of the avi file, and causes the message the file is in use..

you may be successful in deleting from the command prompt aslong as you havnt tried to access the avi file,

the best method for removing avi files is to delete a key in the registry that stops windows from displaying the properties/summary of avi files, which in turns lets u successfully delete any avi file on your system including corrupt ones

1. Open up regedit

2. Goto HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandler

3. Delete the "Default" value which should be "{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}"

Please note that this will no longer provide you with the windows properties displaying the AVI file information such as width, height, bitrate etc.

before you delete the above key you can back the key up and replace it back into the registry at any time, but going to start/run/regedit , browse to the above branch and click file,export, select export branch,save it and name it avi backup..this will then save a reg file of the soon to be deleted key,and to add it to the registry if you ever want to,just double click the reg file that you saved

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