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First make sure it is not a system file. After you have determined it to not be a system file follow these steps:
    •Close all open applications.•Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory with the offending files.•Then open the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab. select "explorer.exe" under Image Name. Click "End Process".•This will leave only the command prompt and the task manager running.•Now at the Command Prompt, its time to delete the file(s) using the DEL command. Example -- from the c:\movies directory type del movie.avi•Now the files are deleted, go to the task manager and click on the Applications tab. Click the "New Task" button. in the dialog, type explorer.exe and click OK.

Added 12/21/02 -- ref: this MS Help forum post:
As alot of you know XP will sometimes hang onto a file causing you to go into the command prompt and kill explorer to delete the file. Well if you want a permanent fix read on:

1. open up regedit.exe and head to the following key

2. Delete the default value and close regedit.

This should keep you from having to go through the long process of having to close everything and use the command prompt to delete the file.

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  • It did not work. I still could not delete the .part file.

    2013-09-06 16:14:02

  • hello could you please help me. i have someone remoting my computer. and i have no access to anything. i have intranet and kerbos like i am on a domain, but i should not be. please could you help me. thank you so much joviroo@yahoo.com thank you

    2010-08-15 12:16:32

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last modified: 2003-05-26 09:28:10