.WAB file cannot be deleted

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Guest, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Okay, I'll make this as brief as possible. Running Windows XP Professional,
    I exported an address book (.wab) file from Outlook Express to a folder I
    created named Contacts List, residing in a folder called SharedDocs, located
    in an XP-default folder called Shared Documents under My Computer. After my
    wife informed me that she really didn't want to import the file to her
    notebook via wireless network, I began what should have been a simple process
    of deleting the folder and file to the recycle bin. But it won't let me
    touch it. The pop-up window reads something like "Cannot delete Contacts
    List file ... because it may be in-use, write-protected," etc., you know how
    it goes. Yes, I have full administrator privileges. The folder Shared Docs
    (that My Contacts resides in) won't let me un-mark the "read-only" block
    under properties. In fact, it really isn't checked but rather filled in with
    the color green. When I "un-green" the read-only block, and exit the folder
    properties, and then re-enter, the block is filled in again. I have there
    are no programs running, have even turned off Norton and anything else
    running in the background. I have done a diskcheck, virus scan, have run
    Microsoft Anti-Spyware scan, re-booted. Have deleting other files (not .wab)
    with no problem. I'm about out of options that I'm aware of. Something is
    causing the read-only situation. Anyone out there experienced this or
    similar problem? Thanks for any advice. -- Rob
    Guest, Oct 21, 2005
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  2. You deleted the file from the Shared folder on the computer it originated?
    Which would be your computer? If that does not work, you try restarting safe
    mode then try deleting it.

    My understanding is, you created a folder called "Contacts Lists" in the
    Share Documents folder on your computer. What you could also do is move back
    that folder out of your Shared documents to some where else like your My
    Documents then delete it. Or Check the properties of the folder to see if
    its share, uncheck it not to be shared then delete it.
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Oct 21, 2005
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks for replying, Andre. Yes, the SharedDocs folder which I created
    contains the one file named Contacts List. I cannot delete either of them.
    They were created on the computer they are on. I was able to copy the folder
    and file to My Documents but not cut and paste them there. I was able to
    delete the copies from My Documents, but that doesn't take care of the
    problem of deleting them where they are, which is in a folder called Shared
    Documents. In other words, under My Computer, it's in this hierarchy:
    Shared Documents/SharedDocs/Contacts List. Also under Shared Documents are
    the default folders called Shared Videos, Shared Music, and Shared Pictures.
    I want to keep those folders. I haven't tried starting in Safe Mode but may
    do that. It's too late tonight to get into it. I don't like to get into
    Safe Mode if I don't have to, in spite of the word, "safe." Anybody else out
    there have any thoughts?
    Guest, Oct 22, 2005
  4. Guest

    John Barnes Guest

    Have you gone into properties, sharing and unchecked all the sharing options
    as Andre suggested.
    John Barnes, Oct 22, 2005
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yes, I have done all of that and double-checked it. The .wab file is less
    than 300 kb so I'm going to forget about it, I guess.
    Guest, Nov 8, 2005
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