Windows XP

How to delete a file when getting the error “Error Deleting File or Folder

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 19 sec read >

Error Deleting File or Folder

  1. The solution is to rename the file in a DOS readable format.
  2. Open Windows Explorer
  3. Locate the File
  4. Right click in the File and click on Rename
  5. Rename the file to a short name eg. file
  6. Open up Command Prompt by clicking on “START->PROGRAMS->ACCESSORIES->COMMAND PROMPT”
  7. Locate the file by using the DOS cd command eg.  cd directory
  8. Once in the directory of where the file is type in the following command

    del FILENAME

    Replace FILENAME with your file

  9. Hit Enter
  10. The file should now be gone

Last Updated On March 24, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
I am a software developer and online educator who likes to keep up with all the latest in technology. I also manage cloud infrastructure, continuous monitoring, DevOps processes, security, and continuous integration and deployment. In my spare time I teach undergraduate classes in web development. Profile

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