When it comes to our daily computer usage, we all have been there at least once in our lifetime, where we just can’t delete a file. Whether it is a stubborn file or a virus, it just won’t go away. That’s where the need to force delete a file arises.

Before we jump into the steps that you can follow to force delete a file, let’s first understand what exactly force deletion is. Force deletion deletes a file forcefully, even if your computer system isn’t allowing you to delete it through regular methods.

Now, let’s move on to how you can force delete a file.

Step 1: Reboot your computer

The first step is pretty simple, reboot your computer, and try to delete the file again. Sometimes, this is the only thing you need to do for the file to get deleted.

Step 2: Open Task Manager

If a simple reboot didn’t work, open the task manager by pressing the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys at the same time. Click on the “Processes” tab, and look for the program or process that is causing problems, right-click on it, and select “End process.” Now try to delete the file again.

Step 3: Use Command Prompt

If none of the above-mentioned steps worked, you can use the command prompt to force delete the file. Here’s how you can do it:

– Press the Windows button and type cmd
– Right-click on the Command Prompt result and select “Run as administrator”
– Navigate to the file location using the “cd” command
– Type “del filename.extension” and press Enter.

This method will delete the file without asking for permission from the operating system, so be careful while using it.

Note: If the file is currently in use by another program, this method may not work.

Step 4: Use Third-Party Programs

If none of the above-mentioned methods worked, there are several third-party programs available online that can help you force delete a file. Some examples of these programs are Eraser, Unlocker, and FileASSASSIN.

In conclusion, force deletion can be handy when regular deletion methods fail. Rebooting your computer, ending the process through task manager, using command prompt, and third-party programs are some methods to force delete a file. Always be cautious while performing this action and ensure that the file is not important before you force delete it.

So, the next time you encounter a stubborn file, try these methods, and see which one works for you!