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executables bigger than 4gb can't be deleted on vista?

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    could somebody please try to reproduce this?

    just make a sfx archive bigger than 4gb with winrar and try deleting it to see if it works or not (it can't be deleted from explorer or command prompt)

    I've seen this happening on 3 PCs with almost nothing installed but I don't know if I installed something that messed up vista or if it's just one of the many vista bugs

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    magicalclick

    I think it is your computer. My Vista PC backup file is over that amount easily. And I can see the backup file in my D drive.

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    magicalclick wrote:
    I think it is your computer. My Vista PC backup file is over that amount easily. And I can see the backup file in my D drive.


    is the backup file an executable? did you try copying it and deleting the copy?

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    evildictait​or

    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    
    magicalclick wrote:
    I think it is your computer. My Vista PC backup file is over that amount easily. And I can see the backup file in my D drive.


    is the backup file an executable? did you try copying it and deleting the copy?


    Copy and Paste a 4GB file? Poor DMA.

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    alwaysmc2

    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    just make a sfx archive bigger than 4gb with winrar and try deleting it to see if it works or not (it can't be deleted from explorer or command prompt)

    This happened to me too, though I used 7-Zip.  After a while I happened to try to delete the file and it worked, though.

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    cheong

    Have you tried disable your virus scanner first?

    I just got the thought that your poor onl-access scanner having difficulties trying to scan such a large executables, and somehow I think there's little possibily the antivirus vendors would expect the virus scanner to handle such a large EXE.

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    phreaks

    erase /f c:\filename.exe

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    cheong wrote:
    Have you tried disable your virus scanner first?

    I just got the thought that your poor onl-access scanner having difficulties trying to scan such a large executables, and somehow I think there's little possibily the antivirus vendors would expect the virus scanner to handle such a large EXE.



    I don't have any virus scanner installed so there's nothing apparently locking the file, not even explorer since I tried terminating it and deleting from another application with no success

    phreaks wrote:
    erase /f c:\filename.exe


    as I said those files can't be deleted from the command prompt either

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    evildictait​or

    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    
    as I said those files can't be deleted from the command prompt either


    Try booting into Safe Mode (so no third party drivers etc), and then try. Sometimes kernel mode drivers make things weird on Vista.

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    evildictaitor wrote:
    
    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    
    as I said those files can't be deleted from the command prompt either


    Try booting into Safe Mode (so no third party drivers etc), and then try. Sometimes kernel mode drivers make things weird on Vista.


    already tried; also on one of the PCs where I've tried to reproduce this issue had a clean vista install from the OEM cd (no third-party apps installed) so I don't think that third-party drivers have something to do with this

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    littleguru

    doh! I'm so lucky not to have 4GB+ sized executables Wink - still weird problem!

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    ZippyV

    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    
    evildictaitor wrote:
    
    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    
    as I said those files can't be deleted from the command prompt either


    Try booting into Safe Mode (so no third party drivers etc), and then try. Sometimes kernel mode drivers make things weird on Vista.


    already tried; also on one of the PCs where I've tried to reproduce this issue had a clean vista install from the OEM cd (no third-party apps installed) so I don't think that third-party drivers have something to do with this


    Even a more extreme possible solution: try to boot from the cd and use the recovery console, log in to your installation and then try to remove the file.

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    phreaks

    Boot into UBC and delete the file.

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    ScanIAm

    er...if the problem only occurs on files that end in .exe, couldn't you just rename the file Smiley

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    ZippyV

    ScanIAm wrote:
    er...if the problem only occurs on files that end in .exe, couldn't you just rename the file


    That's not complicated enough! Mad

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    YearOfThe​LinuxDesktop

    phreaks wrote:
    Boot into UBC and delete the file.


    that is not a decent alternative because I create those archives very often (almost daily)

    ZippyV wrote:
    That's not complicated enough!


    I can't rename them either, the files are locked by the OS

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    AndyC

    YearOfTheLinuxDesktop wrote:
    

    I can't rename them either, the files are locked by the OS


    Have you checked to see what has them locked using filemon? I'd have also suspected a virus scanner, but it may be Windows Defender.

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    Soviut

    I guess you could always open the archive, delete stuff from it until its small enough, then delete the file itself.

    Sucks if you have to do this frequently though.

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