frozen when attempt to delete/move/rename a file


  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 98SE, Windows 3.11, Linux
       #1

    frozen when attempt to delete/move/rename a file


    Trying to delete a file. As soon as I click on it it freezes Explorer.
    I've tried doing the same, delete, OR rename, via multiple other applications and in them I can click on them, and attempt a rename, but the application then freezes. If I try to delete, the deletion scan comes up, and runs till I force close (task manager) the app.
    It's an exe file, the exact file name can be seen in the attached screen shot.
    All I want to do is make it gone. Any thoughts on why this happened and solutions before I resort to loading up a Linux live disc and deleting it that way?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails frozen when attempt to delete/move/rename a file-clipboard01.png  
    Last edited by lostinlodos; 01 Aug 2016 at 23:31. Reason: fixed file
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  2. Posts : 35,002
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Try Fileassassin.

    Lockhunter should show what (if anything) is locking the file, for example.

    Both freeware.
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  3. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #3

    Right click the taskbar and start the Task Manager, click More Details. See if the program is running in the background under the Processes tab.
    'Download either of the previously mentioned programs and restart in Safe Mode and use these programs to remove the file.
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  4. Posts : 13
    Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 98SE, Windows 3.11, Linux
    Thread Starter
       #4

    BTW I have a reg hack to allow me to take over the System profile (with complete access) while logged in with my normal account which has administrator privileges by default.
    Actually; i figured this one out too. The path plus file name plus extension length exceed the file systems allotments.
    I used WinRar, from the command line with Admin permissions via the system console; created an archive with the -dl command to delete the file after creation, named the rar 1 in the process and hit enter.
    The file wound up in the recycle bin, where I still couldn't get rid of it; by accessing it from the $recycle.bin folder in the drive and drilling down; I could delete it then. No more nasty file.
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  5. Posts : 35,002
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    Interesting.. did you ever get an error message indicating the path +name length was too long?
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  6. Posts : 13
    Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 98SE, Windows 3.11, Linux
    Thread Starter
       #6

    dalchina said:
    Interesting.. did you ever get an error message indicating the path +name length was too long?
    Nope. Explorer just froze up.
    So did any other app I tried using to get a filesystem browser from i.e. Chrome, FileZilla and
    Cuteftp; but at least in FileZilla I was able to see the whole file name and that it was massively long and remembered having issues like this before; just used the same solution of winrar as in the past.
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