I'm trying to delete a .zip file from my Downloads folder, but when I click on it to delete it I get this message:

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And nothing happens. I let it sit for an hour and nothing is going on.

  • try deleting it from the command line. does the file name have funny characters, or is it quite long? – Frank Thomas Dec 24 '16 at 18:22
  • @FrankThomas my mistake, it's a .zip file. The name of the file is requests-master.zip – whatwhatwhat Dec 24 '16 at 18:24
  • Tried Shift-Delete? – PulseJet Dec 24 '16 at 18:25
  • Looks like shift+delete also gets clogged – whatwhatwhat Dec 24 '16 at 18:26
  • I figured out how to delete from command line, but even that is getting clogged! I used del /f requests-master.zip – whatwhatwhat Dec 24 '16 at 18:36

Just needed a regular reboot. I hadn't shutdown my laptop in a while and there were pending Windows updates too. This did the job.


It could be locked by some process, e.g. antivirus scanning.

  1. Try a true reboot (not hybrid shutdown) by entering

shutdown -s -t 0

or to force restart,

shutdown -r -t 0

Then try to delete it again.

  1. If that doesn't work, use a tool to check if the file is locked such as LockHunter.

  2. Or try Mawarebytes FileASSASSIN .

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    That command doesn't restart the computer. It just shuts it down. Big difference for people who might use remote desktop. shutdown -r -t 0 restarts it. – user2565010 Oct 12 '18 at 6:03
  • @user2565010, thanks - that will be corrected. – DrMoishe Pippik Oct 14 '18 at 2:41

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