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Files waiting to be written to CD

by charlotte5050 / May 27, 2005 5:07 AM PDT

I recently had my computer worked on by a local "tech". The original problem was an issue with the motherboard, causing the computer to go into a reboot cycle. The tech thought that it might be corrupted Windows. In his endeavor to repair my computer, he apparently was trying to back up some files to my CD drive. Now I am left with system files "stuck" in the temp folder: files waiting to be written to CD. These files cannot be copied, moved or deleted. How can I get rid of these files short of reformatting my hard drive? I am using XP-SP2, chaintech motherboard (new!), Athlon 1800 ghz processor and 40GB harddrive.

Thank you.
Charlotte Hall
Rt 1 Box 51
Culbertson, NE 69024

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Re: Files waiting to be written to CD
by kbxtra / May 27, 2005 6:01 AM PDT

If you want to get rid of these files try this

Open a Command Prompt Window via Start | All Programs | Accessories | Command Prompt

Leave the Command Prompt Window open and close all other open programs.

Go to Start | Run and type [taskmgr.exe] in the Open: line. Click OK.
In the Image Name column, highlight [explorer.exe] and click End Process button.

Very Important: Leave Task Manager open and return to the Command Prompt Window

In the Command Prompt window, navigate to the directory that contains the file to be deleted.
At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file to be deleted.

Return to the open Task Manager window and click File | New Task to open the Create New Task window.

Type ''explorer.exe'' in the Open: line to restart the Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Click the OK button to close Task Manager and complete the operation.

Hopefully this will delete the files. It worked for me.

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next time you see the "files to be written to CD" balloon
by jonah jones / May 27, 2005 6:02 AM PDT

click the balloon where it says "to see files, click here"
when the window opens click "file" and then click "delete temporary files"

hope this helps



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files to be written to CD
by charlotte5050 / May 27, 2005 10:10 AM PDT

That was the first thing I tried. The files are Windows system files. IE: windows, user, documents and settings, etc. I get a message that they are system files and cannot be delted.

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as the files are stored in a ''temp'' area
by jonah jones / May 27, 2005 1:37 PM PDT

you can try booting up in safe mode and browse to charlotte (the name/description may occur in several accounts)

hope this helps


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I had this same problem this morning
by AnewKINDofFEELIN / June 10, 2005 2:04 AM PDT

We tried stopping all processes that we could, yet we still couldn't delete the files. Finally, we found a resolution. Here are the steps:

1) Click on the start menu and select Run.
2) In the Run window type "chkdsk /f"
3) A prompt will come up asking if you would like to schedule for the volume to be checked at the next startup. Type y at this prompt and hit enter.
4) Restart the computer and allow the chkdsk to run.
5) After this is done and Windows has started normally, try again to delete the files.

This worked for me this morning.

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