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Paint cannot read this file, this is not a valid bitmap file

Q: Paint cannot read this file, this is not a valid bitmap file

Hello, can you please help me, I'm panicking I've been searching & searching for hour's now and I can't find a solution, just yesterday I was working on a picture in "MSP" and then later today I decided I was going to do some more work on it and now it won't let me do anything with it, I'm unable to view it in photo's & I'm unable to open it as well without it saying C:\Users\****\Pictures\017 (3).jpg Paint cannot read this file. this is not valid bitmap file, or its format is not currently supported ? I really need this picture to be restored : (

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Preferred Solution: Paint cannot read this file, this is not a valid bitmap file

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In short, paint is refusing to open a file and it's baffling me.

The file is a 14400 x 9662 8.62 MB black and white cemetery map saved under the .jpg extension. We have a bunch of other maps that are exactly the same setup; .jpg extension, black and white, and roughly the same size (some are larger some are smaller). All of the other maps open in paint perfectly fine, and - additionally - they open properly in every other picture viewing software we have. The reason we like paint is because it's black and white and basically all we are doing is typing names into boxes and drawing lines here and there; it's extremely simple and straight-forward, and, until now, has worked exceedingly well, and it's free.

The file is not corrupt. It opens properly in all of our picture viewing software. I have tried resaving it as .jpg, .png, .tif, and .gif in ms office picture manager and windows photo viewer to no avail. I have even tried importing the picture into MS Word, then copy and pasting the picture into a blank MS Paint window. From that point we can view and edit as needed as though the file had been opened properly to begin with without even experiencing lag. Then I can save it...as .jpg, .png, .tif, .gif, etc. (in order to use the .bmp extension without quality loss it winds up creating a HUGE file that paint won't open anyways. so .bmp is out). Then after paint itself has resaved the exact same file to a file... Read more

A:"Paint cannot read this file. This is not a valid bitmap file..."

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Hi, I have been trying to open/download files. Everytime I go to open something, a message will pop up saying,

Paint cannot read this file
This is not a valid Bitmap File, or its format is not currently supported

I can't figure out why everything is trying to open through the pain program. Thanks for any help!!

A:Bitmap File/Paint program

Not sure if you mean the web your browser is doing this or you referring to files on the hard drive. You might want to try resetting windows default image viewer. If you google "reset windows default image viewer" you will find plenty of solutions.

You will probably be better of by right clicking the image you want to view and selecting "open with" then check the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file". This is also the case in your web browser (Firefox anyway) I hope this helps.

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Every time I try to to open a file I get the same error message (any file norton security, aim, microsoft word, even C:\WINDOWS\system32\rsvp.exe ANYTHING)

It says Paint cannot read the file.

This is not a valid bitmap file, or its format is not currently supported.

I am not computer savvy but why does it seem as though the paint program is being used to open everything. What could I have done. I can't get into regedit nothing. Please someone anyone help. I can't do pretty much anything. This little yellow triangle with the exclamation point keeps popping up with message

A:paint can not read this file HELP!

is your problem involving just certain file(s) or is it a widespread problem? what other erratic or inexplicable behavior has your computer been doing?

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After I click Start button, menu shows all icons "grayed out' except Google; when I select "grayed out" icon, a box pops up saying "Paint cannot read this file. This is a bitmap file." This occurred when I was trying to enhance a photo I had saved.

A:Paint cannot read this file.

Try the fixes located here:


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Hi. I am new to these forums, and I am not very computer savvy but I can do a lot more than most people.

I have a problem. Everytime I try to open just about anything (Mozilla Firefox, MSN messenger, Notepad) I get a message that says

Paint cannot read this file
(File path)
This is not a valid bitmap file, or its format is not currently supported.

I have tried Microsoft's Help and support site, and that proved to be no help whatsoever, as it tells me to open my add or remove programs and i cannot open that due to paint error.

I tried a system restore, and that wont even work because of this strange error.

I also doubt this being a virus. I have quite a bit of virus software on my computer and what I think this is is the registry entries for the JPEG graphics filter are missing or damaged.

I would really like some help with my predicament.

A:Paint cannot read this file?

It's trying to open the files with paint obviously. Find out why.

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I have been using this same Excel file for many years. I viewed on my new home laptop 2 days ago, using a 2010 Excel Version. It was created on 2007.

I opened it on my work computer, version 2003, and now get the above error message on both machines. The file can no longer be opened.

I have tried emailing it, still won't open.

I have chenged the file type to both .xls and .xlxs neither open.

I downloaded the program on the home page of this site, and it said no file issues, no known problems for this file.

When I click Open File, it still shows where I had the file opened (the file name in lighter gray font - but cannot open.) The original file is in black, and I can open. But, get that message.

I also tried to open and fix - and I tried both options, with formulas, and without formulas, and all it opened was foreign characters.

Any other suggestions? Or is this file gone? Unfortunately, my most recent back up is 3-4 months old...

Thank you for your help,

A:Excel File now says File Format or File Extension is not valid...

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My mother has a dilema on her computer. She is running Windows 2000 and said that she has an icon on her desktop that says Bitmap. When she clicked on it to open it up - Paint was displayed.

Where should this be stored off of desktop and how do we accomplish this task to get it back to where it belongs?

A:Bitmap (Paint)

First, right-click on the icon and select properties. This will show the path to the executable file. If it is mspaint.exe, then this should be moved under c:\documents and settings\all users\start Menu\Programs\Accessories (assuming that the OS is installed on C). To move it, open explorer and navigate to that folder, then using the right mouse button, drag the icon to the folder area on the right pane. When you release the right button a menu will appear, select move.

If the icon does not point to mspaint.exe, then post the results of where it points back here.

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Hello everyone:

Please someone -- can anyone help -- I have noticed a problem on one of my computers, which uses Office 2007, that when i attempt to do anything on my virtual machine (which uses Office 2003) within excel, invariably the file gets corrupted. I am not sure why this happens, because it doesn't always happen right away. However, after creating a file on my VM and then it gets saved on my regular machine, either after a few sessions or immediately, i get the error "file format not valid". I have spent over two weeks on this file (yes, using it everyday and saving/opening with no problem up until yesterday) and it has a lot of critical, non-sensitive data. I have tried calling my helpdesk (they were of no help), tried saving the file as *.xlsx, tried opening in word and wordpad (I could see some data -- but not all the critical data was there). PLEASE -- I have already bought one of those Recovery tools (which didn't get even 50%, or at least the critical updates i made yesterday). I can't afford to spend more -- is there anyone who would be willing to help a lost soul get this data back??? I have attached the file

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Using an App called Lyricist for making music score sheets showing guitar chord diagrams and song lyrics. This problem occurred with Vista and Windows 7, involving the insertion of bitmap images when creating new songs. Instead of displaying the chord's BMP image, a file icon is created at the insertion point. However, previously created songs display properly.

Here is the Lyricist technical support solution that worked with previous versions of MS Windows.

Error message during Chord insertion:

Some users have received an error message when
attempting to insert Chords. Others have been able to insert Chords, but
they appear as "thumbnails" (a reduced version of the bitmap with the
name of the .bmp file displayed beneath it). We have found that both of
these issues are related to a Microsoft browser bug and can be reproduced in MS
Wordpad. The good news is that they are commonly resolved with a minor registry
tweak. We have created a file that will perform this tweak easily and

This suggestion and their tweak file do not correct the problem in Windows 8. The App company is not planning to offer a Windows 8 upgrade any time soon.

Anyone else having problems with BMP files? Any suggestions on how to solve this issue?

A:Bitmap Images vs. File Icons

Hello there

Do you have a link to this app?

You should try compatibility mode first.

Compatibility Mode - Use in Windows 8

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All right, so I'm not very skilled with hardware issues, but today I decided to check the C drive on my laptop running Win7 Pro 64 Bit. I ran the chkdsk utility and it came up with a couple of things I don't understand. Please see the attachment for that. I also ran sfc scan in the console and it, too, came up with a couple of problems (no idea what those issues are.) Again, you can see the attachment for that.

Whatever these problems/issues are, they are not seriously impacting my machine, but I would like to get them fixed, if possible. Any advice on how to fix these problems would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I have a program which saves a technical report as a HTML file. I don't have another choice as to file type to save as. This program has a template which generates the report....and there are fields which are filled in...some text fields, and one is a company logo. Just to be clear the logo itself is not in the template, a holding place is there which points to the location of the logo on my drive. This is all set up by the program and can't be altered.

If I save the logo as a jpg, png or tiff file, the logo shows up in the final HTML report and if I use Adobe Professional to create a pdf the image also shows up - a perfect replica of the report is created in pdf, making it convenient for printing and email.

If I save the logo as a bitmap file (which creates a higher resolution and sharper looking logo) the logo shows up in the initial HTML technical report, but when I convert this to pdf the file is not found, instead it shows as a small square red box with the error "Bad file image" or "unable to download image".

I can't understand why this would be the case as the logo is saved in the same location whether it is jpg, png, tiff or bmp. It just seems that the Adobe Pro doesn't know how to "find" the bitmap logo from the HTML template.

I did try converting the HTML document to Word but it threw the formatting out and when it was converted to pdf it cropped the page & I wasn't able to resolve this...maybe it can ... Read more

A:Bitmap image won't show after converting HTML file to pdf

try software like CutePDF..

see if it can convert bitmaps or not...

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Dear All,

I need to create a batch file which can read the size of file(e.g. 1kb, 2kb...etc) from specific folder and detect 0kb file and convert it to text file (showing 0kb file size) with alarm.

I am not really sure how to write command for this batch file. Please help :-(

A:How to create a batch file to read size of file on specific folder path

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I've been searching the web on how to accomplish this but am coming up empty handed so I am hoping someone here can help...

I want my batch file to read a random line from a text file into an environment variable - can this be done?

I am using Windows 2000.

A:Batch File -- Read Random Line from External File into an Environment Variable

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If the image files you're unable to open were obtained via download to a folder name that includes certain special characters (for example, the symbols seen in "【Pictures】") this creates a file path that, although acceptable to the operating system, is not recognized properly by IrfanView (or other apps), yielding the somewhat misleading "Can't Read File Header, Unknown file format" message (should really say "File Not Found"). Simple solution is to rename the download folder, or move the image files to another directory with a name that's recognized properly by IrfanView. Hope this helps some who are encountering this confusing error!

A:IrfanView: Can't Read File Header, Unknown file format

closing duplicate, please don't create duplicate entries for the same issue.



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If the image files you're unable to open were obtained via download to a folder name that includes certain special characters (for example, the symbols seen in "【Pictures】") this creates a file path that, although acceptable to the operating system, is not recognized properly by IrfanView (or other apps), yielding the somewhat misleading "Can't Read File Header, Unknown file format" message (should really say "File Not Found"). Simple solution is to rename the download folder, or move the image files to another directory with a name that's recognized properly by IrfanView. Hope this helps some who are encountering this confusing error!

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When I use the XCopy command in Windows 2000, I can copy any file I like; however, when I use copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop in either Windows Explorer or PowerDesk, I get the following error:

Cannot Copy File: Cannot Read from the Source File or Disk

I searched the Microsoft Knowledge Base and came up with only one article, Q224378. This article seems not to apply to my situation because it applies to Windows 2000 Server. I am running Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 2. I did attempt to install the fix that article Q224378 suggested anyway; but, I got an error message that I was attempting to upgrade a program that didn't exist on my system.

I have also learned that this error applies when copying from either of my SCSI CD-ROM drives, not when copying from hard disks or floppies.

Any Suggestions?

A:[Solved] Cannot copy file: Cannot Read From the Source File or Disk

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Problem: A while ago I emptied the recycle bin. After emptying, a folder remained that had 4-5 files in it. I don't recall exactly what the files were.

I tried to delete the folder, and got the message in the title.

No problem I thought, and I got out a handy file shredder and shredded that file to pieces. It was gone.

Except it's not. When I use CCleaner or other aps to clean my system, the "cannot delete file:..." message in the title pops up.

If I go to the recycle bin and empty it, I get the message. When I look in the recycle bin, it is empty, but if I tell it to empty itself I get the message.

So the folder is in the recycle bin, invisible. It was "shredded", but still remains.

I have entered safe mode, but is still get the message when I try to empty the recycle bin or use CCleaner.

I have read things that reference deleting the entire recycle bin (which then recreates itself), but am not clear on this or if it is a good idea.

My system runs fine, it's just an annoyance.

Any ideas from the experts here (you solved a big virus issue I had a while ago, and this is nothing in comparision, but hopefully somebody has seen this issue before...)



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Hi friends,

Suddenly one files has appeared on my desktop which i am struggling to delete. On each action it gives me same error i.e. Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.


If if try to cut/move the file it shows - Cannot move file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

I have performed following troubleshooting steps
1) CHKDSK on my C: drive, but no luck.
2) Windows repair 'chkdsk /r' but file still exists.

Please help me a way to get rid out of this issue.


A:Solved: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

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Hi, I have created a excel file few months ago to prepare my tour planning. But now when i tried to open it, it cannot be opened with the error "Tour Plan.xls : File format is not valid".

I had online search for solutions but it does not work. I really do hope someone proffesional can help me to recover the excel file. Attached is the zip file consists of the excel file.

Thanks and appreciate your friendly help a lot.

A:Need help on excel file recovery - "Tour Plan.xls : File format is not valid".

I tried to repair the file but it did not work. In my experience only a very small percentage of corrupt files can be recovered.


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I have multiple systems with the message below. I have ran chkdsk c: /f and Chkdsk c: /f /r to no success. I have ran diagnostics on all the machines and have no problems with hardware. I have ran several thirdparty defrag utilites to defrag the MFT but they didn;t work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is recovering lost files.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the
master file table (MFT) bitmap.
Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
Windows found problems with the file system.
Run CHKDSK with the /F (fix) option to correct these.

74067682 KB total disk space.
22085856 KB in 70292 files.
26812 KB in 9683 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
311034 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
51643980 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
18516920 total allocation units on disk.
12910995 allocation units available on disk.

A:CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the master file table (MFT) bitmap.

I would interpret that...as a warning that the NTFS file system has problems which may not be capable of being overcome by chkdsk /r.I personally know of no other utility for correcting MFT problems, never had to search for one.I would run chkdsk /r on the partition first.If you still get the error message indicating that problems still exist...I would move all data files from that partition, in anticipation of a need to delete the partition and create it anew.I would also run the appropriate hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic on the drive, based on the premise that the hard drive itself could be the reason for the NTFS file system problem.Somewhat related, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303079 AND http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831374Louis

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I have a text file located at \\thedrive\a folder\another folder\log.txt. This file contains several lines of this kind of data "jdoe upgraded 09-20-2011 13:42:49.62".
I have a batch file located "d:\folderName" that needs to read the "log.txt" file and obtain the local computer user username if it is in the file. If it is not in the file then a file is to be copied to the d drive from \\thedrive\a folder\another folder\ to "d:\folderName" and then run the file. This is what I currently have
@Echo Off
SetLocal EnableDelayedExpansion
::This line is just in case n has been defined before the batch file is run
Set n=
Set _InputFile="\\thedrive\a folder\another folder\log.txt"
For /F "tokens=*" %%I IN (%_InputFile%) DO (
Set /a n+=1
Set _var!n!=%%I
but the log file is not read. If I move the "log.txt" off the network it works just fine. I cannot move the "log.txt" file as other processes use it nor can I copy it.

A:Batch file to read from a network text file

Because you have Quotes around your file name you need to use the USEBACKQ option.

Please use CODE tags when posting code.

@Echo Off
SetLocal EnableDelayedExpansion
::This line is just in case n has been defined before the batch file is run
Set n=
Set _InputFile="\\thedrive\a folder\another folder\log.txt"
For /F "usebackq tokens=*" %%I IN (%_InputFile%) DO (
Set /a n+=1
Set _var!n!=%%I


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Can anyone tell me how to get part of a bacth file to read a line from a text file and then set it to a variable.

For example the file contains computername =computer1

how do i get the batch to read that and set computer1 to a variable that can be used within the batch file.

If possible what i would also like to be able to do is once set that to variable, compare it against the correct computer number and if incorrect go back into the batch file and set the line to the correct computer name

Any help is appreciated.


A:Batch File Read Line Of Text File

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I'm having a problem with a very long (125+ page) and extremely crucial Office 2007 Word document. Two strange things have started happening: First, when I try to close the file I get an error message that says: “Cannot close file. File is open in another location” (which, of course, it isn’t). In order to close the file, I have to do a “Save-as” and rename the file. However, when I open the newly created file, it only opens up as a "read-only" document which can't be saved or edited. To make matters worse, when I close the new file and reopen it, the new file becomes read-only as well. And on and on ad infinitum with every new file created from the original file!!!

When I check Properties for both the old and new files, “Read-Only” is not checked, so I'm really stumped. I've tried every method I know to correct both the File Open in Another Location and the Read-Only problems. I tried going to Task Manager to see if either the original file or the new file was actually running in another program, which they were not. I went into Event Viewer to see if there was any error in Microsoft Office, and I couldn’t find one (although, I’m not really sure how to find this exact kind of error). I tried to reopen both files from Windows Explorer, which didn’t help. I tried shutting down and rebooting which didn’t help. I even tried copying the contents of the new file and creating a newer file with a different... Read more

A:File Corruption: 'File Open in Other Location' + 'Read-Only'

It would be an interesting experiment to save the file as an RTF (Rich Text File), rename it, and then open it for editing in Word and see if the same problems happen.

The reason it would be interesting is, when you save Office files as Office files, they're written with Visual Basic code. VBA code is used in lots of applications and it affects "system" features like your ability to edit and save.

So, save the doc as a "Save As..." and in the white box at the bottom, click it, and a list will show up with the various other formats you can save as. RTF does not contain Visual Basic or VBA code.

RTF keeps formatting information, though special indents and numbering systems may look a little funny afterward.

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Why, after a search, when I click on a file and try to delete it, do I often get a msg. saying:

Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

If it found it for the search, why can't if read it from the source file or disk?


A:Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk

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I have the game 'Crysis' on two backup DVD's. I had to put the installation files in a .rar and split them so I could back it up (I downloaded the game digitally from EA)

So when I insert disk 1 and try to copy 'Crysis.part1.rar' to D:/Crysis (D: is my data drive, C: is strictly the OS and maybe 2 or 3 applications installed on it) it copies most of it, but when it gets to '5 seconds remaining' it comes up with this error. It takes like 6 minutes to copy it and then it errors out when it's almost done! I've tried 3 times and the error popped up every time. The disk is spotless... I mean it looks brand new. Not even a speck of dust or any smudges at all.

Why am I getting this error?? I don't know what to do! If I can't copy it I'll have to redownload the entire 6gb installation package from EA, which will take probably 4-5 hours.

Please help!

Additional file info from within the error window:
"Can't read from the source file or disk."
Name: Crysis.part1.rar
Size: 4.37gb (4,588,544KB)
Date Modified: 11/2/2009 12:25PM

Other additional info:
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64
I have all the latest updates via Windows Update
There is only one account on this computer, mine, and it has full administrative privileges

A:Copy File: Can't read from the source file or disk.

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I've got Excel 2000. (Win98)
The PC froze / hung-up while in excel. Could only power off to restart.
Now when you access the file you get a message that the "file is in use" and can only be opened in read only mode.

"When you open a file that is in use, you'll get a message that tells you the file must be opened in read-only mode. In some cases, you may get this message even though the file is definitely not in use. This can be caused by an Excel crash, in which the file was not released."

The file was being accessed on another PC via a basic household network.
Our work around at present was to access the file in Read-only mode and save it as a new file. The old file still exists. I can't delete it as I get the same file in use message.

But, I'm still working on the older file to see if I can unlock it some how.
Tried the following:
1) Check/deleted temp files on the editing PC.
2) Checked the file attributes on the file (Note: the file did not have the "Read-only" attribute ticked)
3) Now checking the source PC for temp files.

Any direction greatly appreciated.

A:Error caused excel file to file in Use and read-only

Save yourself some time.
Open the old file.
Right-click a sheet tab and hit Select all sheets.
Right-click again and hit Move or Copy.
Choose the create a copy box, and from the dropdown, choose New book.
Save the new book. Make sure all is well. Delete the old book.

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I got an error message when trying to drag an attachment from outlook to paperport: Cannot copy file: "Cannot read from the source file or disk".
It works fine if I drag from Outlook to my desktop, then from desktop to Paperport. But it does not work from Outlook to Paperport directly.
Can anyone help? Thank you

A:Cannot copy file: cannot read from the source file or disk

Sorry, I can't answer your question directly but as an alternative can you copy and paste using Control + C and Control + V or other method?

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Okay, so basically, I have a whole list of links in a plain text Notepad file, each link on a seperate line. All I am wanting to do is to add a bit of text before each link, specifically: and a couple of spaces.

So this...

becomes this...

[SIZE=3] somelink.com[/SIZE]
By now you've probably already guessed what I'm trying to do here and what it's for.

So I am wanting some batch file code, executable in a .bat file, which basically reads a Notepad text file, and then add " " at the beginning of each line with text on it. I am guessing this is probably a very simple piece of code for someone with some knowledge of MS DOS and batch file code, but that most certainly isn't me, and the only batch files I have ever written have been with help like now.

Thanks for any and all help in advance with this, much appreciated.

A:Batch File To Read And Modify Text File

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My son plays basketball for an out-of-town college and I can download the radio broadcast games from the audio streaming over the internet into asf files using software called WM Recorder and WM VCR. The broadcasts can be as long as 3 hours and the asf file for a single game can be over 120mg. I want to burn this file onto a regular CD that I can listen to on a normal CD player such as a CD player in a car. I used software called Riverpast Audio Converter to convert the asf file to a wav file but neither the asf or wav files work in my CD player. I can playback either file (asf or wav) through Windows Media Player on my computer and they work fine. How can I listen to these downloaded broadcasts on a normal CD player? (I understand that I may have to split the file as I was told that a normal CD can only play back up to 80 minutes of audio).

A:Convert ASF file to a file that be read on a normal CD player

fow3 said:

I used software called Riverpast Audio Converter to convert the asf file to a wav file but neither the asf or wav files work in my CD player.Click to expand...

Your half way there with the wav file. Now burn it to a CD in CDA (CD audio), Nero or a freeware burner program will do that for you.

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Hi all... Recently my laptop's startup kept popping out this message:

Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

It appears few seconds after logging in to windows XP. I think this happened after a registry cleanup from using one of the programs...either ace utilities or Ccleaner...can anyone help me on this? Thanks.

A:Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

Hi lostinspac and welcome to TSF !

Good registry cleaners have a way to restore the changes you made. Try that and see if it helps.

Check the start => all programs => startup folder for related shortcuts, move them to another location and see if it helps.

Go to start => run and type msconfig. Check the items you'll find in the startup tab against bleepingcomputer's database. If you make changes there (and each time you'll make changes there) you'll get a warning about being in selective mode when windows restart. Tick the box and click ok so that it stays in that mode and doesn't bother you again. Make sure you don't untick your antivirus or firewall.

We're not big fans of registry cleaners at TSF. See post #2 here. you don't always know what they do, there's no way they know everything about all entries your programs need and they can do worse than good. Cleaning minor problems in the registry won't speed up your compter noticeably anyway.

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since about 10 minutes, I do get the error-message, "while trying to finish a dowloald and after it reached 100% and tries to write the file on the harddrive"

cannot copy file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

Anyone any ideas what the problem could be? It;s my C drive and everything else works wihtout problems.

OS WinXP Pro


A:Cannot copy file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

What are you downloading with? Do you have any history cleaner? Like HistoryKill or Windows Washer?

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Yo. This is my first post lets see what happens...

Here's the deal.

My buddy accessed a shared folder on my PC and uploaded some production tools to it. He uses a MAC.

So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake "

The problem is, if I try delete, rename, move, or do anything for that matter to the file I get an error message "Error deleting file or folder: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk."

I've tried using command prompt to delete the file but it doesn't even show up if I type "Dir"

Properties for the file are zero everything.

I've tried a program called KillBox but even that can't do it.


A:Cannot Delete File: Cannot Read From The Source File Or Disk.

But before you delete that we need to know about the file firstIm not sure if its malware or a system file So now I have this file called "._spooky tambo shake " Just want some more info on that file (for a close up) what does the icon look like?On what folder is it located?(And if possible,give us a screen shot of it)Also where did you get this file in the first place?What type of file is it (If you go back to properties)It really sounds to me more likely renamedAlso searched it in the internet,I can't find any info about it

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Can someone point me in the right direction. I've been searching and attempting to fix this for a couple of days without luck.

My Problem
I have a file that I can not delete. When I try, I get the message "cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk"
The file extension ends with a space and is reported a 0 KB in size.

Here is what I've attempted:
1. Normal delete and well as "Shift+Delete". I get the above message.
2. Tried to scan the file for a virus. Got the error message "Scan was completed with error. Error:The system cannot find the file specified."
3. Virus scanned the folder. Scan completed - no virus found.
4. Attempted to open the file in Notepad by opening Notepad then dragging the file. Got the error message "The system cannot find the file specified."
5. Attempted to create the same file name in the same location using Notepad. i.e. Hoping to replace the file. I got the usual message that the file already exists and I granted permission to replace it. However, I still cannot delete the replaced file.
6. Booted in Safe Mode and attempted to delete. Same result.
7. Ran "CHKDSK" No problems - still cannot delete.
8. Opened a DOS window. Closed Explorer.exe using TaskManager. Then attempted to delete the file in the DOS window. Got the error message "File cannot be found"
9. One post suggested deleting the file in a DOS window but prefacing the file name with "\\?\&quo... Read more

A:cannot delete file: cannot read from the source file or disk

Please refer to this article: http://blog.dotsmart.net/2008/06/12/...-file-or-disk/

Perhaps it may provide insight and a solution.

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I've got a 4gb pen that i use for school work.

I put a file with images in it and i want to delete it now but it keeps coming up with:

'Cannot delete file:Cannot read from the source file or disk '

I have tried various ways to delete it but still i can't.

Can anyone help me?


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Whenever I try to delete my temporary internet files in bulks or by selecting all then deleting, it gives that "cannot delete file bla bla bla" message. HOWEVER, I'm able to delete them if I delete them one by one (ANNOYING!). I could also delete all the files the other way: choosing "delete files", but that's irrelevant.

I use IE 8, Windows XP SP 3 Media Center Edition.

A:Cannot Delete file: Cannot read from source file or Disk

First off why are you attempting to delete temporary Internet files manually? Internet Explorer has built in tools to make this easy. Windows XP has disk cleanup which also makes removing Temporary files easy.Should those two methods not suit you, I'd recommend this free utility http://www.ccleaner.com/Simply pick what you want, and it will do the rest.The reason you receive "Cannot delete file" is the index.dat file is always in "use" by Internet Explorer and can only be deleted on reboot.

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Hi all. I searched this but found nothing that is the same as my situation or recent either.
I have over 37000 files of duplicate songs I would love to rid my pc of. I did a search using *(2) and all the files show up but i get the 'cannot delete file:cannot read from the source file or disk' error.
I searched duplicate music files this way once before and it eliminated a ton of dupes in seconds but now it wont work.
I have a dual boot system. XP and 7 and since I couldn't get the search to work like xp in win7( every file with a 2 in it in any configuration or location in the file name, dupe or not, was listed) , I copy and pasted the entire music folder(317gbs) to the xp o/s hd and tried the search there and am where I am now. My search page with all the files listed with a (2) and ready to delete...
I haven't tried a safe mode attempt because I have read from many who've tried it didn't work.

It's driving me crazy seeing all those duplicate files just sitting there and I can't delete them!
Please help
Thank you

A:Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk

OP wants to know if there is a way to do this in Windows 7.

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I've tried quite a few free softwares on the net and also tried the recommended methods to try and open my excel file, but it just wouldn't open! :'(

I've attached the file so can someone please please please help me out?

Thanks in advance!!!!

A:Excel error: "File format or file extension is not valid..."

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re-sending this message (4th time). As 1st time user of this web site, just
realized I've been entering wrong info for "Title"....sooooo...sending again..

System: Windows 98 4.10
Excel version 7.0

Problem: getting error message when try to open 2 Excel files...2 other ones
open just fine! Never had this problem before!!
ALSO....when click on Help on tool bar in Excel, same thing...
can't open the selections in the drop-down box!!

ERROR MESSAGE: bill list.xls: file format is not valid
PLEASE HELP!! What has changed OR what have I done to cause this to
happen all of a sudden??

A:Excel file won't open.."file format not valid"


I replied to your original posting on this.

It sounds like the file is corrupt.

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In Excel 2010, I opened a Read-only file, made a lot of changes, and tried to File-Save As.

Nothing happens.

A web-search I got some info, maybe the MS Office update tool was recently installed? Not in my case.

go to explorer, the read-only file and check off Read-only in Properties. Can't, its not saved to anything, and Excel gives a message the file is read-only, please save under a new file name.

I tried File Save As, but nothing happens, no dialog box to input a new file name.

BTW, this is a large excel file, around 27 MB.

A:Excel file read-only, but can't File-Save as

Offhand, wondering if the Save As dialog box is opening behind the Excel program window. Maybe reducing the size of the excel window, then trying save as again? (it may be visible if that is happening) Also a possibility is to just try Save. That should produce a message and also offer the opportunity to Save As. Any additional info you can acquire will be helpful for resolving this.

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System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Scenario # 1: I open a Word document. The document is not read only. I save the document - no problem. But occasionally when I save the document, the document suddenly becomes read only and I need to go to the document's properties and change the permission so that the document is no longer read only.
Scenario # 2: A folder contains 20 files, none of which are read only. I move the files to another folder - this works fine. But occasionally when I do this, one or two of these files will have their permission changed to be read only, and again I need to go to the file's properties and change the permissions so that the files are no longer read only
Why does this happen?

A:Saving file sometimes makes the file read only

What version of word are you using? Where is the file path you are saving and opening files from?

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Hello,I use a library computer that has no direct link to Windows Paint.I can access Paint by inserting my thumb drive & clicking on an image & clicking File/Open With & choosing Paint.If someone would create a desktop shortcut to paint & attach it to an email I could download it to my thumb drive & try it to see if it would provide me a direct link to Paint.It might or might not work.It would seem Paint would have the same address in various versions of Windows.The library uses XP.My email is~~~ Removed to protect from spambots. ~ OBI tried creating a .lnk file but got nowhere.Thank you.~~~ medab1

A:Windows Paint .lnk file

May I suggest asking the library staff?

Maybe they have some sort of policy in effect, and they dont want users to have direct access to certain programs.

Going around a public libraries policies, especially when it comes to computers, can be an illegal act.

You should not do this without some sort of authorization.

That being said, if all is kosher, im sure we can help with your request

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Hello everyone,

When you open any .jpg/.jpeg file in ms paint and save it as is without making any changes the file size reduces drastically (anywhere from 30-500%) without any noticeable reduction in image quality.

This may seem as a very trivial question but I was quite curious about it.
This video illustrates what I am talking about.

YouTube - How To Reduce The File Size Of Photos

Thanks in advance.

A:MS Paint reduces file size

This is not unusual. The jpg format uses a lossy compression format, that is it compresses images by throwing away information. On a typical image you can loose quite a bit of information without noticeable reduction in quality. Windows paint program is quite basic and gives you no control over this. More advanced programs do.

I noticed that loading and saving a previously saved file results in very little reduction in size.

The jpg format isn't appropriate when there are multiple edit and save operations. Use bmp format during editing and do only the final save in jpg.

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So, I am in a state of desperation and have finally sunk to the level of directly asking a tech support forum for help. I throw myself on your mercy, internet citizens.

I have been working on a huge project in MS Paint. Yes, I'm aware that everyone but me hates MS Paint, but please don't tell me to use a different program. I'm using this one for a reason. My problem is that after editing and saving the file, paint now refuses to open it. I have spent months on this project and am about two hours from finishing, so this is quite aggravating.

This has happened before, but I managed to fix it. The file I am working with was originally a .PNG that I had created in paint. After editing and saving it, I received the message "Paint cannot read this file. This is not a valid bitmap file, or its format is not currently supported." I could still preview the file fine with Windows photo viewer or whatever the devil it's called, but I couldn't edit it. I managed to remedy this the first time by opening it in Fireworks and resaving it as a JPEG (choosing from the options, not manually). JPEG seems an inferior file type to use for this particular project, but that is a sacrifice I was willing to make to be able to edit it in paint. It worked fine after this for a while.

Now I am again receiving the same paint error message. It will still open fine in other programs, but resaving it as a new file (with any file type) no longer fixes the issue.

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A:Paint won't open .JPG file...sort of

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Happy I am with my new Vista 64 and new computer ... but but

Have now installed my Paint shop pro x - all upgrades 10.01
10.02 10.03 and 10.10 special for Vista, and the program works
fine ... but I can't see what is in my files with a .psp extension, i.e., .psp, .pspimage, .psptub, etc

Hope someone in here can help me... ???

Have also written to Corel but have not heard anything from them (yet)

Huggzzz from Sanne - Denmark

A:Paint shop pro x - vista64 cant see what is in file

When you save the files is there an option to save a thumbnale?

Thes extensions are native to the PSP program and not windows OS, this is why you can not see a thumbnale by default.

Have you got the program associated to these files.

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i installed it about a month ago, and ever scince it has taken control and wants to open all my hard drives and cd'-rom drives in its brouser.

i have tryed to fix it my self by changing the settings in folder options, but its had no effect on it, any help

A:Paint shop pro has taken over my file browsing

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