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    Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    I have a file (.mp3) opened with the Windows Media Player control. I stop the file from being played and attempt to Kill everything in the directory the file is in. It will clear the directory with the exception of that file. I've even set the Media Player .URL to "" and tried. The file stays in the folder. If I double-click on it within the actual folder (windows explorer), it will open up Winamp to play it, but will not play. It still holds the same filesize, as if it truly existed. I can skip down the code to continue the program and it still stays. Only when I stop the project from running does the file disappear. What the hell?

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    What pops to mind is that you probably did not clean up as you should have.
    do me a favor though, compile and see if the Executable behave the same. maybe it's just the IDE hanging it.
    also refresh folder (F5) after file was supposed to be "deleted" see if it stays.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    Okay, now it's not even allowing me to delete the file in the folder after I stop the project. I can delete it in the folder, but then refresh it (F5) and it will still be there. It's only after I exit Visual Basic ENTIRELY does it actually delete it on it's own without me doing ANYthing. This is seriously stupid. I've started the song, stopped the song, changed the URL of the player... nothing that allows me to delete the file. I've never seen this before and seems really ridiculous the the media player can have such a hold on a file.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    I've saved it as an executable... it does the same thing until I close the app.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    Do this:

    Create a new folder and put an .mp3 in it. Open a new VB6 project. Add the Windows Media Player to it. Set it's URL to the .mp3. Have it play the .mp3. Have it stop the .mp3. Even change the .URL to nothing. Keep the project running and see if you can delete the .mp3 from the folder, making sure to refresh the folder to see if it's truly gone. If not, stop the project and watch it disappear. It's the dumbest thing.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    I just did and i can delete the file, no problem there. make sure the MP3 is not Read-Only and that you set the URL to a false path (not "" but try some path that doesnt exist like "C:\bla.mp3" or something, if you set to vbNullstring (aka "") it doesn't actually invoke the change of URL.
    Also, WindowsMediaPlayer.Close may be required prior to deleting the file.
    Last edited by stum; Apr 28th, 2015 at 02:07 PM.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    Okay. I've set the .URL to something that doesn't exist and it's still doing it. Only now, it takes about 5 seconds to delete it. I can let the program sit there for five seconds after it supposedly kills everything in the folder and watch it disappear on it's own. It will delete everything else in a blink, except for the file I just played with the WMP control.
    Also, did you use the Kill command to remove everything in the folder? Because that's what I'm doing and it's obviously not "killing" everything.

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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    I started a new project and attempted the same thing, this time creating an array of the WMP control and then unloading the array before using the Kill command to delete everything in the directory. Same outcome. Only wen I exit Visual Basic does it delete itself.

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    Are you using Dir$() in your routines? If so, consider calling this before that routine exits: Dir$("")
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    Re: Can't Delete A File After Opened In Windows Media Player...

    Not using Dir$()

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    Does anything in this off-site link apply? Just guessing at this point
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