Why can’t I delete a RealPlayer file?

Glenn November 19, 2011

I have tried to delete a RealPlayer file but receive the message that access is denied because the file is write-protected or in use. How do I get rid of this thing?

  1. JoshuaReen
    February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I have used “Long Path Tool” software in this situation and it helped me easily and quickly.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Hello, is Real Player open when you are trying to delete the file?  If it is and the file in question was played or is still in the history it might cause for it not to be deleted.  Also, it would be deleted if the file is part of a playlist.  Make sure to remove the file out of the playlist, and see if you can delete it that way.  It has been a long, long time since I used real player, check if there is a way in settings to clear the history and any cache.  Close Realplayer and see if that fixes the problem. 

    Also you could start in safemode by pressing F8 at startup, navigate to folder where file is located and try deleting the file.  Most times it works.  Or, you could try deleting the file by using the command prompt with the del command.  You can do this, either in safemode or in normal mode.  The following link will show you how.  The tutorial is based on windows 7, but the steps are similar if you are using XP or Vista:


    There are a few free software alternatives for deleting locked files, other than unlocker.  Unlocker works most of the time though.  These are two alternatives to unlocker:

    LockHunter:  http://lockhunter.com/

    FileAssassin  http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/fileassassin

    If you have Malwarebytes installed, FileAssassin is included with it.


  3. Jeff
    November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Glenn,

    This is an indication that the file is currently in use. You either need to kill the process using it, such as RealPlayer.exe (from your task manager) or use a file unlocker to release the file from memory. If neither of these work, reboot into safe mode and delete the file there.

    You can then proceed to remove the file.

    - Jeff

  4. Jay
    November 19, 2011 at 10:16 am