unlock file

sometimes when i delete a file, a messagebox comes up and telling me something like "could not delete the file because it is used by an other application". how can i retrieve the filehandle and release it? (so i can be able to delete it)

sorry for the small amount of points, but that's all i have :)
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illusion_chaserCommented:
I think you can delete a file (in use) only if you first shut down the application that uses it. Theoretically speaking, there could be another way - a low level way to delete a locked file, but it would not be advisable, because such interference can result in some serious system malfunction (Access Violations, halts and crushes).

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ic
ZhaawZSoftware DeveloperCommented:
You may use WhoLockMe to get info about processes that use some specific file:
http://www.dr-hoiby.com/WhoLockMe/index.php
AmigoJackCommented:
check also this neat cmdline tool: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Handle.html

as for a "programmic solution" i think it raids into any open process via dll-injection, but im not sure how this turns out full. at least in this direction one is able to associate the PID to a (file)handle.

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