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Computer help question!
So I have this one PSD file that will NOT be deleted. I've tried deleting it and I get a pop up window saying that it can't be deleted because it's currently being used by another program. I don't know what program would be using it, since this file was created over 6 months ago and since then I've unplugged my computer, shipped it, basically any program that was running should no longer be running or using that file.

How do I delete that file even though its saying its being used by another program?
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kitsuken From: kitsuken Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
have you tried using the ms-dos prompt to delete it? I think I had a problem like this and solved it that way (or it might have been by booting in dos,but should still work)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sprechen auf englisch, bitte? I'm REALLY retarded when it comes to computer stuff, any kind of step by step how too suggestion to hit me upside the head with would be awesome XD Thanks!
altonwings From: altonwings Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Get a program called 'unlocker'. It's a free program, it's very small, it will just tell you what program is locking up that PSD file, and offer to 'unlock' the PSD from whatever program is using it. I consider this to be an essential program.

tesseracting From: tesseracting Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
show hidden files, delete the "lock" file, then delete the normal file.

That's my normal process.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
How do you do that?
tesseracting From: tesseracting Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
win xp?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
tesseracting From: tesseracting Date: October 22nd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
open the folder the file is in. Go to the "tools" menu, then "folder options". under then "view" tab, there should be an option near the top of the list that says "view hidden files and folders". If you turn that on, a photoshop lock file should show up in the folder. Delete the lock file, then you can delete the original file.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: October 23rd, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Annie, you rock, thank you that worked!
raptonx From: raptonx Date: October 22nd, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
This has happened to me with several programs, Winbloze somtimes gets stuck. When all else fails, I usualy restart then delete.
ksilebo From: ksilebo Date: October 22nd, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It may be a corrupt file too, right click that hard drive, Click properties, then tools tab, Check now under error checking, and automatically fix errors. You will need to restart (2 or so times, but it will tell you what needs to be done). Let me know if you have problems afterward. I do troubleshooting for a living.
martes From: martes Date: October 22nd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Save it under a different name, or change the name of the file, or overwrite it with something else, then delete? Worth a try.
kitsuken From: kitsuken Date: October 22nd, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you're running XP it's a program called "Command prompt" and in other versions it's MS-Dos prompt. It's accessable through start->accessories. You then navigate to the folder with the file in (cd [folder name] to access folders to get there) and type "del (filename)" where (filename) is the name of the file you need to get rid of.

Only thing is, I'm not sure if the command prompt in XP will work. If you've got any other versions (other than NT) then there should be a way to boot in MS-Dos mode. If you do it there you won't have any problem deleting it (none of the background programs that windows has and which may be causing the error). commands in DOS are the same as in command prompt and ms-dos prompt.

oh, and you could also try pressing ctrl-alt-delete and closing any programs that aren't system essential. That way you'll limit what may be accessing the file and stopping it being deleted.
kitsuken From: kitsuken Date: October 22nd, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
sorry, meant that as a reply to the above
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