How to Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10

Deleting File and folders is a regular exercise for Windows 10 users. But occasionally you get stuck and find yourself unable to remove the required one unexpectedly after an exhausting effort. In this situation, you need to Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10.

A prevalent trouble you might have encountered is you download toolbars in unawareness and attempt to delete the files of the toolbar from Program Files. But instead the deletion you view a pop up written The action cannot be completed because the folder or a file is open in another program.

the action can't be completed because the folder or a file is open in another program pop up message

You know a pretty number of ways are present to delete files like

  • Right click on the file and click Delete on the context menu.
  • Delete button on Keyboard.
  • Shift + Delete to remove files without confirmation.

You can give a try to these. If you find yourself failure follow the processes underneath.

How to Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10

1. Ensure Administrative Right

If a file or folder rejects to be deleted at first analyze the administrative right for them. For the removal of these files, you need to possess full control over the same. Comprehend how to deal with the permission in order to Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10.

  • Execute a right-click on the specific file or folder you are going to remove and undergo with the option at the bottom which implies Properties.
properties option in the right click context menu of a folder
  • Press Security after then Edit button under group or user names.
edit button in the security tab of the folder properties
  • Tap on the group or username for which you need modification.  Take your mouse pointer in the downward direction and Check the tiny box in front of Full control underneath the Allow column. Click the Apply button and finally Ok for the implementation of the changes.
permission_for the folder properties
  • Now you would most probably be successful to delete the file.

2. Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10 via Command Prompt

Elevated Command prompt is also proved to be a resource via which you can forcibly trash a file on Windows 10. Follow the method.

  • Execute a right tap / click on the Start icon placed at the left corner region of the taskbar and prefer to move off with the choice Command prompt (Admin) recumbent at the Power user menu.
  • Type Del and file name with extension isolated by space after then hit Enter. For instance, to remove a file named file example.ext you require writing Del file.ext. Otherwise, you could type the path of the file replacing the filename.
Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10 via command prompt

Enable File Extension

When you run delete command you need to know the file extension. For this, open File Explorer from the taskbar and click the menu View followed by a tick on the tiny box against File name extensions on the ribbon.

3. Close Windows Explorer to Forcibly Delete Files on Windows 10

In most cases when you encounter an obstinate file on Windows 10 the file is running on another location. File Explorer is the key that uses the file. So you need to close the file explorer to first. Then attempt to delete. Follow to close File Explorer:

  • Right click on a vacant area on the taskbar and move off with the choice Taskbar Manager.
Taskbar right click lists Task Manager
  • Look for Windows Explorer or explorer.exe. Execute a Right-click on it and go with End Task.
end task option on right click context menu of explorer

Using Wise Force Deleter

This free tool removes files from Windows 10 very quickly. After installing Wise Force Editor, you need to click Add file button. Choose the file on your system to add. Click on the file you have added and then on Unlock & delete.

wise force deleter

Wise Force Editor

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.