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JRE rt.jar getting deleted on machine reboot

I am observing a strange behavior on some of my Windows machines. I have a Server application that uses Java JRE 1.6u26 (Oracle) which is bundled within it. Sometimes a machine reboot causes the ...
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Why can't I delete some .exe files?

I've been having a really strange problem in Windows 7 that's been driving me nuts. Sometimes when I delete a folder full of random files (and no, not files in the Windows folder) and one of those ...
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How do I remove Windows 7 installation?

I want to remove Windows 7 installation from a partition WITHOUT destroying any other data on it using Windows 7 booted from another partition. The most obvious way would be to just delete the ...
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How do I properly get rid of the .backupmanager files on my Acer 7741z?

On my Acer 7741z, I have over 3,000 Acer .backupmanager files to delete as per a post I just found on SuperUser. However, do I have to delete each .backupmanager file one at a time or is there a ...
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OS X: directory access stalls; how to delete the directory?

There is a directory on my (solid-state) drive on OS X (Lion) that makes the computer stall when I try to delete or otherwise access it (no processor or drive activity). What can be attempted so as ...
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OSX: The item XYZ.txt~ can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted

I'm trying to delete a file under OSX Lion, but can't. I get the following message: The item XYZ.txt~ can’t be moved to the Trash because it can’t be deleted. Here's what I've tried: select ...
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Delete duplicate files with Windows batch file

I have a program that automatically copies files to a directory, and if it creates a duplicate it will name it like so: file with duplicate.xxx file with duplicate - 1.xxx file with duplicate - 2.xxx ...
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Can't delete an invincible 0 byte file

I have a file whose size is 0 bytes. When I try to remove it an error message appears, saying "Could not find file". Here is the list of things I've tried to delete the file: Rebooted Reset folder ...
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How to force delete a folder or .dll in Windows XP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Deleting "undeletable" files in Vista I am trying to delete a folder in Windows XP but when I do, it says: Destination Folder Access Denied You need ...
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Windows 7: Is there a shortcut to deleting files without sending them to recycle bin? [closed]

After searching the internet for a while, I get a mix and match of "permanently change it through recycle bin properties" or other incorrect info such as "hit SHIFT+DEL". I am hoping there's a quick ...
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Can I delete a blank file left on my desktop by a virus removal?

My computer was infected with a virus. I scanned it with AVG and cleared it. It left me with a blank file that I cannot delete. When I right click on it, the only options I'm given are OpenHomePage, ...
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Windows Live Photo Gallery is deleting photos

I'm helping my mother organize her photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7). We've been scanning in slides taken decades ago. We want to arrange the photos by date, so we have been changing ...
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Deleting Linux partition

I am currently running a dual boot machine with Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows Vista. Is there any way I can delete the Linux partition and Grub boot loader without affecting the Windows partition at all? ...
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Cancelled cut and paste in windows 7

I cut and paste an 80Gb worth of files and folders. At about 80% I cancelled it. Are some of the files deleted and gone forever? Does the files that were successfully transferred gets deleted? If yes, ...
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How do I delete directory trees via console on Windows 7?

I want to delete the whole content of a specified folder on Windows 7 via batch file. My problem is, that 'del' or 'erase' only deletes the files, not the folders and 'rmdir' or 'rd' Always deletes ...
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How to lock a file against deletion but still make it writeable?

I want to make a file locked against deletion but still be writeable. How do I do this? The file in question is a truecrypt volume as a file on a NAS SMB Network share, so I don't want to ...
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How do I “Move to Trash” in Preview in OS X Lion?

In earlier versions of OS X, in Preview one could delete the currently open file by pressing ⌘⌫. In Lion, the keyboard shortcut (as well as the actual menu item) no longer works. Is there any way ...
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Two commands to move files to trash. What's the difference?

trash-cli provide a trash command, and gvfs-bin provides a gvfs-trash command that move files / directories to the trash can. Is there an important difference between these two commands?
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Accidentally copied a gigantic E:\$RECYCLE.BIN directory from one external hard drive to another. Need to delete it

Ran SyncToy to sync E: to F:. Before I stopped it, SyncToy managed to copy $RECYCLE.BIN from E:, which is gigantic. I emptied my Recycle Bin but F:'s didn't delete. Haw can I manually delete it?
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Deleting VirtualBox

I want to delete my entire VirtualBox, which I have been working on, because I am giving away my PC. How should I do that? I am working on Windows 7 64-bit. Thank you.
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How do I delete a folder where the filename was generated by ALT bashing?

I made a folder nameless by holding down the ALT key and typing some numbers. It's not a file with spaces that's the problem. It's that the filename doesn't display anything. Now I can't rename or ...
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Unable to delete folder in windows 7?

I'm unable to delete some folder on my external hard disk. I tried them to delete in safe mode too but I'm not able to perform this. This is a big headache to me now. Even I'm the admin and it still ...
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How to quickly empty a very full recycle bin?

I have deleted about half a million files from a folder, and didn't think to press Shift in order to delete them completely straight away. Now they're clogging my recycle bin, and Windows claims it ...
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delete .mp3 files from player - have tried 'del d:\*.mp3' and 'chkdsk d:\ /f'

I bought a cheap .mp3 player from a guy, you know how it goes... Anyway, I tried to delete the .mp3 files from the player through the Windows folder. I kept getting an error - something about ...
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Outlook tasks wont delete

I have a few tasks that don't seem to want to delete. I can try hitting the flag button for completion, remove any reoccurances, and even remove from list or delete, but they keep poping back in to my ...
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What are the techniques for securely erasing data in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to wipe free disk space in Linux? This question is inspired by What is the best tool for file-shredding on a memory card?, in which brice recommended the simple ...
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Can I recover a file deleted by Ant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I need a program for recovering deleted files in Windows Is there a way to recover files deleted by Ant? I ran a script that deleted a file. However, it is not inside ...
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Securely delete files that were already 'deleted'

So I know that there are many utilities that can delete files securely by zeroing the location (on a regular hard drive here), and there are many utilities that can scan a drive to find 'deleted' ...
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Cannot delete flash9.ocx

Some kinda voodoo, indeed. Bought a new boot drive, and it's time to use the old drive for data. I thought I'd save some time by just wiping the unneeded system folders, instead of backing up, ...
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Force deleting a directory under Win 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: File I can't take ownership of I want to delete a directory, but I cannot,e g. Because I am not the owner ("Ownership"). Files are used by a process. Folder is ...
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How far will you get with an 'rm -rf /' command?

I've often wondered how far the system will actually get if you run rm -rf /. I doubt the OS would be able to erase itself (?) Bonus Question: After the command has been executed, will rm have ...
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How to make CMD+delete delete a line (left of the cursor) in Firefox

I recently switched from Chrome to Firefox (OS X version 5.0.1) and I'm surprised to see that Cmd + Delete is not working. When I hit Cmd + Delete in any editor (as well as Chrome and Safari), the ...
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Not able to delete an email account

I entered an IMAP email into my Outlook (it is not the only email account I have). I then realized, I did not want it in my account so I went to Tools/Account Settings/Email Tab and deleted the file. ...
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Delete a folder when “Could not find this item” (when the folder ends with a space, maybe?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't delete folder in Windows 7 I have a folder that appears to be mildly corrupted or something in Windows 7: Windows shows it, but if I try to delete it, I get ...
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How do POP3 clients delete emails later?

For example Thunderbird has the POP3 option to "Leave messages on the server." If this is checked then you can check "For at most __ days." How does it delete your emails later? Does it tell the ...
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In GNU/Linux, how to restrict deletion of files and directories owned by a user to a super user only?

In GNU/Linux, how can directories be set such that the owner can only add/read files/directories to/from them but only a super user can do any deletion in that structure? Consider this scenario: You ...
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Get EFS to release file so that it can be deleted

I tried to encrypt a very large file 100+ gig using EFS and canceled when it said it was going to take 12 hours. Cancellation hung until I finally rebooted the system and now I'm unable to delete the ...
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Windows 7 can not delete a file - file in use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7: File In Use when deleting file I searched via google and saw that many people have this problem but no definite problem. It says it is in use with explorer ...
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Unable to delete printer, status stays on 'Deleting - Offline'

On Windows Vista, after right-clicking on a printer and choosing to delete it, the printer stays on 'Deleting - Offline'. Even after several restarts, the printer remains there. Is there a way to ...
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Microsoft Word 2010: Assigning a KEYBOARD shortcut for deleting one line of text

How can I assign a keyboard shortcut to delete just one line of text in Microsoft Office Word 2010? A macro based solution (in Visual Basic) which could be assigned to a custom keyboard shortcut would ...
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recover deleted files c# [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover deleted data I used the following C# code to delete a directory: Directory.Delete ("C:\TC"); Can I restore the directory C:\TC using any kind of softwares? Can ...
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How can I delete permanently My Folders in Windows 7?

How can I delete permanently My Music/My Pictures/My Videos/etc. Folders in Windows 7? If you delete this folders manually, Windows Media Player 12 recreate all of them again, again and again! It's a ...
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I have (Possibly) Extraneous partitions, can I delete them?

I have an Acer Aspire 5732Z that is currently dual booting W7 and Ubuntu. It is partitioned into 3 primary partitions and 1 extended one that contains 4 logical ones. I am completely sure that the ...
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Accidentally deleted .bashrc file in Ubuntu 11.04

I just installed Ubuntu and accidentally deleted .bashrc file in Ubuntu 11.04 Is there a way to recover it or a default one?
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How to Recursively Remove .svn Directories?

How do I recursively delete all .svn directories, starting with the directory I am in?
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Delete File with SSH Access on Linux

I have a VPS. I want to delete some specific folder inside. /var/BACKUP 01 I want to delete all files in BACKUP 01 How can I do it with SSH access? I'm using linux,please type a command here.
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Can't delete folder, need permission from adminstrator? [duplicate]

There's a folder on my desktop called like 'example' and when I try to delete it it says "You require permission from the computer's admistrator to make changes to this folder" when checking the ...
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delete row from Excel where column cell is empty

I have a list of hundreds of users in an Excel spreadsheet. I want to remove all of the users that don't have their email address in there spreadsheet entry. there's a column called 'email', so how ...
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Remove Dropbox folder from computer

I have created a Dropbox account, downloaded the software, setup the folder, and created symbolic links to monitor folders. The first problem was that the symbolic links that I thought I had set up ...
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Terminal on Mac - Delete key behavior

I'd like the delete key (well, the Fn+Backspace combination) on my Mac to behave the same way in the Terminal as it does normally. That is, to do forward-delete. Right now it outputs tilde - at least ...