Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stubborn AVI files that refuse to be deleted or moved, particularly in Windows XP

Bug in Windows that causes Explorer to read the entire contents of broken AVI files before allowing any access to them is caused by shmedia.dll. To correct this, remove the following registry key. 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{87D62D9 4-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}\InProcServer32

This will prevent Explorer from loading shmedia.dll in response to file property queries on these files.

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