How to Fix 'Can't Delete a File on Windows Server' Issue

While using the Windows Server, I find some unwanted files and I try to delete them as usual. But the bad thing is that I can't delete them, it seems like I cannot access these files at all. How to fix this problem?

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Dany· Answered on Oct 18, 2023

If you cannot delete a file on Windows Server, you can try the following tips:

1. Try to use CMD to delete files. Wake up the Windows menu by pressing Windows + R keys, and run CMD as an administrator. You will need to use the del command and add the file's path, which you cannot delete after "del".

2. It is possible that some applications are using this file and causing the situation. Try to shut down every application and process with Task Manager and then delete the file.

3. Perform an antivirus scanning on your computer. It is possible that the virus or malware infection caused the problem. Harmful software can be present if the corrupted file cannot be removed. A crucial system file that cannot be deleted occasionally gets infected. You will need an expert to deal with the virus problem if you cannot solve it by yourself.

4. Try to move this file to Recycle Bin and then empty it. It is a simple method you can try.

5. Try some free tools to help delete the file, but remember that free software tools may expose you to security and privacy issues.

6. If the above methods cannot fix your problem, you have to reboot the server. When you need to update Windows, you will need to restart it anyway.

By the way, don't forget to download a data recovery tool to prevent data loss while fixing this problem. You may have deleted some precious files and want to get them back, and in that case, you should download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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