Delete Files that do not Go Away with FileExile

A woman's finger hovering over the delete key

Most Windows users are used to seeing files that they wish to delete but can not. You may find it difficult to delete files in an operating system for a number of reasons. The file may be in use and is therefore locked by the process that is using it, or it may have a very long path. Sometimes it could be confusing language characters that you are not able to understand.

When users find it difficult to remove files by pressing the delete key, they may use such tools as Free File Unlocker, IOBit or Unlocker to help them get rid of the file.

Another program that can be used to delete files which do not want to be removed is FileExile. After installing this program you will not find it in Windows Explorer’s context menu because it does not attach itself there. All the operations are carried out within the central program interface.

From this location you choose a file or folder that you wish to delete. Sadly, the file or folder that you intend to delete must be selected by using the browse button.

The program was successfully used to remove files that another process had locked. It was also used to delete files which had invalid names and the files that had very long file paths.

You should not be worried about mistakenly deleting important system folders such as windows or user directory because the program has an inbuilt safety device that will prevent that. If you want to be able to get rid of such files, you have to enable it by going to Settings and switching to advanced mode. Do not forget that if you delete certain important system files, your operating system may be rendered inoperative and it will no longer start.

If you want to know the activity that the program is carrying out as it is performing that activity, you can also go to Settings and enable the show out put option. Logging can also be enabled from this location.

One thing that developers should think of improving in coming editions is accessibility, because it is a huge concern for users. Dragging and dropping files into program windows is one feature that users would find very attractive. Also the program would be more appealing to users if it is better integrated with Widows Explorer. However it is still a very good option, particularly for people who find it difficult using the other tools to delete files which cannot be deleted easily.


Sparrow – A Great Email App for iPhone


Sparrow, the well-liked email client for Macintosh, recently launched its email app for iPhone. Apart from having a similar appearance to the usual desktop client, this app has some helpful features, which includes swipe control, a contact register that organizes your contacts intelligently, plus one or two features that can easily be recognized by individuals who have used the Mac edition.

Sparrow’s desktop edition is arguably the finest email client running on Macintosh OS X and the design of the mobile edition is very much like that of the desktop edition. The greater part of the application is controlled using swipe gestures rather than push buttons, it is able to import images of your Facebook contacts, and it lists the contacts you frequently deal with at the upper part of a list rather than listing them in alphabetical order. This is definitely its most helpful feature. This email app for iPhone also has a similar threaded discussion view just like the desktop client, its search engine is superb and it has a fast sender switch, plus a mark everything as read button – something people that use iPhone have been demanding for ever since the phone was initially introduced.

The iPhone edition of Sparrow has two major problems that cannot be ignored. To start with, POP email account is not supported. You should not bother about getting Sparrow, if your email server uses POP. Sparrow works well with AOL, Yahoo, iCloud and Gmail. The second issue is that push notifications is not supported by Sparrow. What this means is that your email must be checked manually and there is no way of letting you know when you receive a new message. You need to take this big missing aspect into consideration before checking out the this email app for iPhone. It will cost you $2.99 to get Sparrow at the iTunes Application Store.

How Windows Product Key can be recovered

windows-product-keyNo matter how careful you are, you can still lose your Windows product key, particularly if you accidentally lose the box that held the Windows CD when you purchased it. The first solution most people think about when they have this problem is to call Microsoft technical support for assistance, but such persons soon realize that the Microsoft is not prepared to give them any help in that regard. You might take the decision to buy another product key or even get a new Windows license, rather than wasting valuable time searching through different DVD/CD cases that you have accumulated over the years. Purchasing another Windows license would be a big mistake. Depending on the version of windows that runs on your computer, you can recover the product key by using the windows registry. This will work for all versions of Windows apart from Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Where has the Product Key Gone to?

The product key has always been stored within the registry right up to Windows XP. You will usually find it by following this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESSOFTWAREWindowsProductsID. Sadly, this no longer applies since Windows Vista was created. It appears Microsoft did not want users to easily find their product key, so when any user loses one, he or she has to purchase another license. The use of Magic JellyBean KeyFinder will eliminate the need for you to purchase another product key. It is an app that will help you locate your Windows product key by searching through your Windows installation.

Another thing you should know is that Windows “ProductID” no longer displays the key; instead it displays a special identification that Microsoft uses to tell the difference between two Windows installations. They use this to stop 2 Windows installations from making use of Windows Update, because the company’s policy does not permit using a copy of Windows to install more than one PC.

Using KeyFinder

First, KeyFinder’s ZIP file should be downloaded using this link. After opening the ZIP, it should be extracted to a folder with a name that you can easily remember on your desktop or within your local hard disk. The folder should contain a file named “KeyFinder.exe” After you double click this file; a screen that resembles the one below will appear.

The screen above shows that it is possible to recover product keys of other programs installed on your PC, but that depends on whether such programs have a key. The product keys of certain applications are stored in a file inside their respective folders. If you are searching for the product key for that kind of program, your investigation may have to be a little deeper.


If you cannot locate your Windows product key manually, you can find it using handy apps like Magic JellyBean Keyfinder. If Keyfinder fails to work for you, another application that you will find helpful is Belarc Advisor. This app provides you with a complete audit of your PC but adds the product key also. If you still cannot locate your product key after you have tried everything, you can try calling Microsoft for help. You just might get lucky and get your product key replaced.

You should form the habit of backing up your license key as soon as you lay your hands on the DVD/CD. You can use your mobile phone to take a photograph of your license key and get the image uploaded to your Google+ account, or your Dropbox, so that anytime you want it, it will not be difficult to get it.

Your questions and comments will be most welcome.