what uses my file?


When trying to delte a file I get this msg ( something like it ) "Cant delete file, file in use", even though I am SysAdmin.
How can I tell what process or who is using that file?
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You can use the "net file" command.
"net file id /close" to "close" the file.
"net file /?" for help.
Try Who Lock Me on

works quite well and you can kill the process so that you can delete the file.
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Hi DaFou,
Sysinternals provide several admin tools, the one you want here is handle http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/handle.shtml

Regards .. Alan
beside all the tools (that would work for you) you can boot into safe mode and delete the file depending on the file if it's not a critical system file
DaFouAuthor Commented:
thanks all for the response.

Before i use any programs not readily installed i want to try
the net file method.
Longbow: How do i determine the file id?
It will be given when you type "net file" on the server.
It is the first column.

Maybe you can filter the output with a pipe :
net file | find /I "file.ext"
net file will be helpful only if its opened over network...


you have to use.. Handle or Process Explorer from Sysinternals.com


Many times oddly... Ii have found that ... deleting from Command Prompt ... works....

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