Ways to forcefully delete a file in Windows 10.
Ways to forcefully delete a file in Windows 10
Method 1: Close the linked process
It happens that when you delete a file you get a warning that it cannot be deleted because it is being used by a specific program that is running on the system at that moment.
If the associated software appears in the bottom panel, simply close it as usual. When its interface is not displayed, right-click on the task and select “Close window”.
If the program is not displayed anywhere, you can turn it off via “Task Manager”:
Once the program is closed, you should be able to delete the file.
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Method 2: “Command line”
You can forcibly delete a file in Windows 10 through the built-in console, using a special command and specifying the path to it. The method can work even if the file is open but not closed by the system.
This will display a message that the file has been deleted, with this approach it is deleted without temporarily placing it in “Trash”.
Method 3: Change the owner of the file
In case Windows reports that the user does not have rights to perform the procedure during uninstallation, the owner is the problem here. This usually happens when you have more than one account on a computer, or you plan to delete a specific file. To delete a file that belongs to another account, you’ll need to get ownership of it. Note that this is only available to a Windows 10 administrator.
Close all windows in the properties section and try deleting the file again.
Method 4: Boot into “Safe Mode”
When third-party software interferes with file deletion or fails due to viruses that have infiltrated the system, Windows 10 boot in “Safe Mode”:
After the procedure, it will remain to restart the computer to start the system in “Safe Mode”. Locate the problematic file and try to delete it again.
Also Read: How to Get Out of “Safe Mode” in Windows 10
Method 5: Rename the file
Many people find the old and tried method of renaming a file useful. The problem may have occurred because there was a system crash or part of the problematic file was written to a bad sector on the hard drive, so this method may fix the situation.
Rename the file using the context menu function. You can also try to change its extension: after the point that separates the format name, write another extension, for example, change .docx .zip.
Method 6: File Functions
Some archivers allow you to fine-tune the archiving procedure for the files, including deleting the original once the procedure is complete. In other words, you’ll have to archive the problematic data, select the appropriate function in the program, and then get rid of the archive itself. A free program like 7-Zip can help with this.
Wait for the file to be created. The original file should be deleted automatically, leaving you to manually delete the zipped folder itself.
Method 7: Third Party Software
If none of the above methods have helped you, try using specialized software designed to remove files that cannot be removed by conventional methods. In addition to the basic function, many programs have additional data handling functions: copy, rename, show locked and hidden files. In another article on our site, we describe the most effective and proven applications and provide links to download them.
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