Question Force delete

rockerrb3

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I have a file that keeps saying try again when I try to delete it. I don't know what program is using this file. How do I delete it without having to restart the computer?
 

rockerrb3

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it's a .mkv file and states that it opens with movies and tv (part of windows 10 OS). I can't find that program running n e where using the task manager. How can i delete the file?
 

DSzymborski

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it's a .mkv file and states that it opens with movies and tv (part of windows 10 OS). I can't find that program running n e where using the task manager. How can i delete the file?
Have you tried deleting it from safe mode?

The file doesn't need to be running, a process just has to be using it. A common one, for example, is deleting a file that is actively being shared by something like Torrent software. Or a file that was open in an editor that is not completely closed.
 

rockerrb3

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no. i don't want to have to restart the computer. I've got a lot of things running and I don't want to have to remember which files and programs I've got running to reopen all the files and programs.
 

DSzymborski

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no. i don't want to have to restart the computer. I've got a lot of things running and I don't want to have to remember which files and programs I've got running to reopen all the files and programs.
Sounds like you have far more urgent issues. I have no desire to cajole unwilling people into doing very basic things to resolve their problems, so I wish you the best of luck in finding a solution to your problems.
 
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