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I have a WMA file on my desktop that is being stubborn. If I try to delete it, nothing happens. No prompts, no messages, no nothing. If I try to rename it, Windows Explorer crashes and restarts.

I generated the file using Sound Recorder (built-in Windows app). I've tried deleting from command line using del Untitled.wmv but command prompt hangs and can't be canceled using Ctrl+C. I tried this while running it as Administrator.

Anyone know why I can't get rid of this file?

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WMV or WMA? Tried deleting it from the command prompt immediately after a reboot, but without selecting it first? (Basically reboot, open command prompt and try deleting without otherwise touching the file.) Process Explorer can also be extremely useful to hunt down and close any open file handles, as detailed here. If none of this helps you can try running chkdsk to rule out any file system errors. – Karan Mar 19 '13 at 4:58

Take a look here...maybe you have a corrupted wmv and windows tb previewer is crashing.. Hi,

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