Sometimes when you try to delete a file in XP, you get an error message saying CAnnot delete Access denied. IN such case, follow the procedure:
* Locate the file you area about to delete
* Click on Start, Run, and type CMD and Press Enter to open a Command Prompt window
* Leave the Command Prompt window open, but proceed to close all other open programs
* Open the Task Manager window by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL or by clicking on Start, Run and type TASKMGR.EXE and press Enter to start Task Manager
* Click on the Processes tab, click on the process named Explorer.exe and click on End Process.
* Minimize Task Manager but leave it open
* Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory where the file is located. To do this, use the CD command.
Example: to change to the Windows\System32 directory you would enter the following command and Press Enter c:\cd \windows\system32
* Now use the DEL command to delete the offending file. Type DEL where is the file you wish to delete. Example: c:\del undeletableFile.exe
* Go back to Task Manager
* In Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the Windows shell.
* Close Task Manager
Or try this: (simple method)
* Open Notepad
* Click File then Save As…
* Locate the folder where your undeletable file is
* Choose ‘All files’ from the file type box
* Click once on the file you wanna delete so its name appears in the ‘filename’ box
* Put a ” at the start and end of the filename (the filename should have the extension of the undeletable file so it will overwrite it) Example: save as : "UndeletableFile.exe" where UNdeletableFile.exe is the file which cannot be deleted.
* Click save
* It should ask you to overwrite the existing file, choose yes and you can delete it as normal