# Unable to delete file

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005.

1. ### Tappy LappyGuest

I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
TIA
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005

2. ### WormWoodGuest

"Tappy Lappy" <Tappy wrote:
>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
> I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
> TIA
>

Where is this file and how did you know about it and that it should be
deleted? Any other relevant information?
WormWood, Aug 30, 2005

3. ### old jonGuest

"Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote in message
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>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
> I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
> TIA
>

Right click on the icon, to see what program it points to. It appears to be
a program that finds Prime numbers ?.
best wishes..OJ
old jon, Aug 30, 2005
4. ### HarrisonGuest

On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> wrote:

>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>TIA

Reboot to safe mode into the Administrator's account and delete from there.
Harrison, Aug 30, 2005
5. ### Tappy LappyGuest

"WormWood" <> wrote in message
news:...
>
> "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy wrote:
>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>> I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>> TIA
>>

> Where is this file and how did you know about it and that it should be
> deleted? Any other relevant information?
>
>

I have it on my back up drive and was just doing a bit of tidying up. I used
the remove
programmes option via control panel, but there is still an icon for
"prime.exe" in the folder showing as
an application with a size of 1041 kb.

If you right click on the icon, within properties it shows a size of "0" and
disk space "0".

Left clicking gets the error message "windows cannot find the file
.......\prime.exe. Make sure you typed the correct name and try again".
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
6. ### Tappy LappyGuest

<Harrison> wrote in message
news:...
> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> > wrote:
>
>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>>TIA

>
> Reboot to safe mode into the Administrator's account and delete from
> there.

Hi, thanks for the advice. I have just tried and it comes up with the same
error message.
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
7. ### TNKEVGuest

As long as we are on the subject.

I have 2 files on my pc I can't delete I get a message that says "file
name is too long cannot delete file,I have tried "rename"but as soon
as I hit OK it says the same thing "file name too long cannot delete"
any ideas?
TNKEV, Aug 30, 2005
8. ### BrianGuest

"Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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>
> <Harrison> wrote in message
> news:...
> > On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> > > wrote:
> >
> >>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
> >>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
> >>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
> >>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
> >>TIA

> >
> > Reboot to safe mode into the Administrator's account and delete from
> > there.

> Hi, thanks for the advice. I have just tried and it comes up with the same
> error message.
>
>

try:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm
Brian, Aug 30, 2005

"Brian" <> wrote in message news:43144ed9$... > > "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > schrieb im Newsbeitrag > news:df1h00$m59$-infra.bt.com... >> >> <Harrison> wrote in message >> news:... >> > On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy >> > > wrote: >> > >> >>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the >> >>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message >> >>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file". >> >>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it? >> >>TIA >> > >> > Reboot to safe mode into the Administrator's account and delete from >> > there. >> Hi, thanks for the advice. I have just tried and it comes up with the >> same >> error message. >> >> > > try: > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_undeletable_file.htm > Thanks Brian, tried that but even in DOS if you do a DIR on the folder the file is held in it listed it as follows: 06/06/2005 17:50 <dir> . 06/06/2005 17:50 <dir> .. 04/06/2005 21:46 1,065,696 prime.exe 1 file<s> 1,065,696 bytes 2 dir<s> 20,199,997,440 bytes free When you try the del, or erase command on prime.exe, you get "Cannot find the file specified". Del on the folder it is in, gets the prompt do you want to delete y or n. Even when you choose "y" the folder fails to delete. Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005 10. ### old jonGuest "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote in message news:df16gv$co2$-infra.bt.com... >I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the >desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message >"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file". > I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it? > TIA Had a file like this once. Admittedly it was on a CD-RW (its still media). Checked to see if the file was read-only (no). So I copied All the data off it, to a hard drive, and tried to reformat it. sadly the disk was Scrap. Id suggest, if you can, copy the stuff off the drive. then run the hard drive manufacturers disc tools on it. It might be on its way out. That would be all your stuff gone. best wishes..OJ old jon, Aug 30, 2005 11. ### pcbutts1Guest Install this program called unlocker after it is installed then right click the file or folder and select Unlocker. If the file or folder is locked then a window will appear with a list of processes locking the file or folder. Select the locks and click Unlock and you are done. http://www.pcbutts1.com/downloads/unlocker170.exe If that does not work then try Killbox http://www.pcbutts1.com/downloads/killbox.zip -- The best live web video on the internet http://www.seedsv.com/webdemo.htm NEW Embedded system W/Linux. We now sell DVR cards. See it all at http://www.seedsv.com/products.htm Sharpvision simply the best http://www.seedsv.com "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote in message news:df1gt1$lsv$-infra.bt.com... > > "WormWood" <> wrote in message > news:... >> >> "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy wrote: >>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the >>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message >>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file". >>> I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it? >>> TIA >>> >> Where is this file and how did you know about it and that it should be >> deleted? Any other relevant information? >> >> > I have it on my back up drive and was just doing a bit of tidying up. I > used the remove > programmes option via control panel, but there is still an icon for > "prime.exe" in the folder showing as > an application with a size of 1041 kb. > > If you right click on the icon, within properties it shows a size of "0" > and disk space "0". > > Left clicking gets the error message "windows cannot find the file > ......\prime.exe. Make sure you typed the correct name and try again". > pcbutts1, Aug 30, 2005 12. ### Tappy LappyGuest "old jon" <> wrote in message news:rZZQe.3199$...
>
> "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote in message
> news:df16gv$co2$-infra.bt.com...
>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>> I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>> TIA

> Had a file like this once. Admittedly it was on a CD-RW (its still
> media). Checked to see if the file was read-only (no). So I copied All the
> data off it, to a hard drive, and tried to reformat it. sadly the disk was
> Scrap.
> Id suggest, if you can, copy the stuff off the drive. then run the hard
> drive manufacturers disc tools on it. It might be on its way out.
> That would be all your stuff gone.
> best wishes..OJ
>

Thanks John, but when I try to copy I get "File not found" !!
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
13. ### Tappy LappyGuest

"pcbutts1" <> wrote in message
news:09_Qe.30\$...
> Install this program called unlocker after it is installed then right
> click the file or folder and select Unlocker. If the file or folder is
> locked then a window will appear with a list of processes locking the file
> or folder. Select the locks and click Unlock and you are done.
>
>
> --
>
>

Thanks for the help, but neither work, the sodding thing is still there!!

I might just have to put up with it, but it's just annoying knowing the
flaming
thing is there and being unable to do anything with it.
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
14. ### WillyGuest

On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> wrote:

>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>TIA

go here
http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/moveonboot.html

get this small free prog I have used it to delete locked files
>
Willy, Aug 30, 2005
15. ### Tappy LappyGuest

"Willy" <> wrote in message
news:...
> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> > wrote:
>
>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
>>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
>>TIA

>
> go here
> http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/moveonboot.html
>
> get this small free prog I have used it to delete locked files
>>

Thanks Willy, tried it but still no use. The file is not locked, its just
that it doesn't appear to
exist, yet the icon shows up on the desktop, and also in DOS.
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
16. ### TraxGuest

"Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote:

|>
|>"Willy" <> wrote in message
|>news:...
|>> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
|>> > wrote:
|>>
|>>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on the
|>>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
|>>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
|>>>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
|>>>TIA
|>>
|>> go here
|>> http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/moveonboot.html
|>>
|>> get this small free prog I have used it to delete locked files
|>>>

|>Thanks Willy, tried it but still no use. The file is not locked, its just
|>that it doesn't appear to
|>exist, yet the icon shows up on the desktop, and also in DOS.

Then in DOS type in: DIR /X within the same dir as your file, this
will give you it's 8.3 file name - delete the file using that file
name, (ie: avg70f~1.exe)

--

Trax, Aug 30, 2005
17. ### Tappy LappyGuest

"Trax" <> wrote in message
news:...
> "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote:
>
> |>
> |>"Willy" <> wrote in message
> |>news:...
> |>> On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:48:32 +0000 (UTC), "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy
> |>> > wrote:
> |>>
> |>>>I am trying to delete a file, prime.exe, and although it shows on
> the
> |>>>desktop and is found when using the search facility I get the message
> |>>>"Cannot delete prime.exe. Cannot find the specified file".
> |>>>I am using XP home edition, is there any way to get rid of it?
> |>>>TIA
> |>>
> |>> go here
> |>> http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/moveonboot.html
> |>>
> |>> get this small free prog I have used it to delete locked files
> |>>>
>
> |>Thanks Willy, tried it but still no use. The file is not locked, its
> just
> |>that it doesn't appear to
> |>exist, yet the icon shows up on the desktop, and also in DOS.
>
> Then in DOS type in: DIR /X within the same dir as your file, this
> will give you it's 8.3 file name - delete the file using that file
> name, (ie: avg70f~1.exe)
>
> --

If by a 8.3 file name you mean one with the ~, it does not have one (Pls see
Brian).
The folder which contains it, ie utilities, does have a file name in this
format "UTILIT~1" but
when I try to delete the folder I get the message *******\prime.exe cannot
be found.
AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH
Tappy Lappy, Aug 30, 2005
18. ### TraxGuest

"Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote:

|>> |>Thanks Willy, tried it but still no use. The file is not locked, its
|>> just
|>> |>that it doesn't appear to
|>> |>exist, yet the icon shows up on the desktop, and also in DOS.
|>>
|>> Then in DOS type in: DIR /X within the same dir as your file, this
|>> will give you it's 8.3 file name - delete the file using that file
|>> name, (ie: avg70f~1.exe)

|>> --
|>If by a 8.3 file name you mean one with the ~, it does not have one (Pls see
|>Brian).
|>The folder which contains it, ie utilities, does have a file name in this
|>format "UTILIT~1" but
|>when I try to delete the folder I get the message *******\prime.exe cannot
|>be found.
|>AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH

I use a program called CMFILER for problems like this, I can't find a
program. Used to be my Explorer under DOS.

It does run under XP and below.

It's an option, I know it will delete your file.

--

Trax, Aug 30, 2005
19. ### TraxGuest

Trax, Aug 30, 2005
20. ### Tappy LappyGuest

"Trax" <> wrote in message
news:...
> "Tappy Lappy" <Tappy > wrote:
>
> |>> |>Thanks Willy, tried it but still no use. The file is not locked, its
> |>> just
> |>> |>that it doesn't appear to
> |>> |>exist, yet the icon shows up on the desktop, and also in DOS.
> |>>
> |>> Then in DOS type in: DIR /X within the same dir as your file, this
> |>> will give you it's 8.3 file name - delete the file using that file
> |>> name, (ie: avg70f~1.exe)
>
> |>> --
> |>If by a 8.3 file name you mean one with the ~, it does not have one (Pls
> see
> |>Brian).
> |>The folder which contains it, ie utilities, does have a file name in
> this
> |>format "UTILIT~1" but
> |>when I try to delete the folder I get the message *******\prime.exe
> cannot
> |>be found.
> |>AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH
>
> I use a program called CMFILER for problems like this, I can't find a
> program. Used to be my Explorer under DOS.
>
> It does run under XP and below.
>
> It's an option, I know it will delete your file.
>
> --
>