I am getting the following error when I try and delete certain files in the "My Documents" folder:
“Error Deleting File or Folder
Cannot delete <file>: It is being used by another person or program.
Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.”
I followed the advice listed in this thread posted here:
The "accepted solution" allows me to delete the file, but it does not solve the overall problem. The sysinternals tool "process explorer" tells me the process locking the file is always "explorer.exe". Why is explorer.exe keeping these locks?
There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which files it decides to hold the lock on, but it happens so frequently that it begs to be fixed. Most of the time rebooting the system will cause the lock to disappear, but sometimes even multiple reboots do not solve the problem, and I follow the “accepted solution” in the thread I mentioned above. I have tried disabling every startup item from the msconfig tool, but this does not solve the problem either.
My system stats:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional version 2002 Service Pack 2
AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+
1.92 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
The worse part about this problem is it is intermittent, so I have no idea how to track it down and diagnose it, or how someone could assist in tracking down and diagnosing the problem…