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Old 05-22-03, 05:11 AM
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Can't delete files?

Does anyone else eperience this? I try and delte files (usually media files) and I get an error in deleting. Usually its the file is in use by another person or program. Please close the programs. Nothing is running at all! After a few days, I try and delete it again and usually it will just go.

I'm running xp pro. Any ideas?

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Old 05-22-03, 11:14 AM
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Pasted from a website, you can also do a search on shmedia.dll on google:

>The fix for Windows XP not letting you delete .avi I've seen this coming
> up more and more all over the place so I figured I'd stick it here. Avi
> files (divx) can be trouble in xp. there is a fix to let xp behave much
> better so it's possible to move or delete large avi files. The obnoxious
> bug in XP that causes Explorer to read the entire contents of broken AVI
> files before allowing any access to them is caused by bad behavior of
> shmedia.dll. To correct this misbehavior in Windows XP, remove the
> following registry key.
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73
> E}InProcServer32 This will prevent Explorer from loading shmedia.dll in
> response to file property queries on these files. Just an extra note, if
> you do a "search" for this key it will not be found, look for it manually
> it is very easy to find. As always newbie or not, if you FUBAR your
> registry its your own fault. This fix does work, I use it and have applied
> it to many XP machines.
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Old 05-22-03, 12:16 PM
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Thats very interesting and very odd. Thanks for the info. I'll check it out. I just want to make sure that the registry key doesnt effect anything else.

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Old 05-22-03, 02:21 PM
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I had the same problems one time, it was on an incomplete divx file. I am not sure how I fixed it.
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Old 05-22-03, 04:43 PM
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Hey!! It worked!!
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Old 05-23-03, 12:38 AM
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YEP! I had the EXACT problem a few months ago. I went thru 5 'techs' at Gateway support before I got to someone who told me how to do this in the registry.

Aren't computers great...
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Old 05-24-03, 08:43 AM
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I had this same problem not to long ago, I rebooted into safe mode and was then able to delete it.
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Old 08-06-03, 03:26 AM
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I'm so glad the search function worked for the word delete.


I had an AVI file stuck on my PC where I had some important files stored. Every time I went in to get the files it locked up my PC.

I never mess with stuff this in depth but I was desperate. Glad it worked.

You all are WAY too smart.
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