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Unable to delete files from HDD

I have a computer that has just been upgraded with a new motherboard, additional ram and a new 500Gb system disk. Windows XP has been installed on the new system disk.

The original HDD was a 50Gb, partitioned into a 10Gb (original system disk with windows XP) and a 40Gb logical drives. I have copied everything I need from the original HDD to the new system disk and managed to delete everything else except two files. I want to delete these three remaining files so as I can remove the partition.

The files are:

.ExternalClass p.EC_MsoNormal, .ExternalClass li.EC_MsoNormal, .ExternalClass div.EC_MsoNormal {margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Times New Roman';} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt;} .ExternalClass div.EC_Section1 {page:Section1;} Documents and Settings/bron/ntuser.dat.log
Documents and Settings/bron/Application Data/Microsoft/installer/{8CC990CD-87C8-475C-AC32-8A7984E2FCFA}/arpproducticon.exe
Windows/system32/macromed/flash/flash9b.ocx & flashutil9b.exe


When I try to delete them I get a message they are 'read-only' or 'open by another program'. How can I find out what those programs are and be able to delete them?


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You can use a file shredder, many are available free of cost or may your antivirus must already support this feature.

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Firstly change the attributes from read only to archive of the entire folder housing these files. Switch off the internet i.e. work offline/. In startup menu disable staring Office or any other software like Acrobat, etc. After that restart and you should be able to delete those files. If you get stuck with some files saying they ari in use, open Task Manager, see the process tree and try terminating those programs if allowed by the PC.....sodeep

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