Deleting a file is a very simple process. All you have to is to select the file and press the delete button. However, sometimes windows cannot delete a particular file, no matter how many times you try to do so. The major reason behind this that sometimes there are viruses and errors in particular file or sometimes a file get corrupted.
A very common example is a video file, which generally gets corrupted and irritates the functionality of your computer and you cannot delete that video by simply pressing the delete button. This not only lead to a slower speed, but also lower the efficiency of your computer.
Ways On How To Expunge A Crooked File
Here are a few tips on how to expunge a crooked file which does not get deleted in windows.
Close Windows Explorer by Task Manager
The most common situation while deleting a file which everyone faces is, getting an error message showing “The file is in use”. This is because; it is being used by Windows Explorer to show a thumbnail. So, close Windows Explorer before deleting a file.
Just move the files to another destination. If still, it is not expunged, then try to Close Windows Explorer by Task Manager.
- Right click on the taskbar and choose, “Start Taskbar”.
- Search for Windows Explorer in Task bar and right click to see the End Task option.
- You can then use any other manager to delete the file.
Delete in Safe Mode
Another option to expunge the file is by using “safe mode”. When starting the PC, press the F8 button to put your PC in safe mode. You can then delete that file in “Windows or File Explorer”. This is somewhat a complex process because not everybody is familiar and comfortable with the safe mode to delete the file.
There are loads of other options available, including Third-Party utilization in order to delete a file that is pondering you. Some examples are “Move on Boot” and “File Assassin“. A suggestion is to use “Long Path tool“.
Use of Command Prompt:
- Command prompt can be accessed from the Start menu. Open it and you will see a black window screen on your desktop.
- You have to write the directory of the folder where the file is placed by typing Cd [File Path] Example, Cd c:userskimmydocuments.
- Next, write dir. to enlist the files contained in that folder.
- Write Del. You may need to write the complete extension of the file.
Altering the Extension:
This is the simplest way to delete any file besides pressing the ‘Delete’ button. Just change the extension to convert the file in any other format and this will let you to delete that file easily.
For example, .txt is an extension. To change this extension, just select the file and press F2. You will be asked to edit the name of the file and there you can type FileName.txt instead of FileName.doc.