How to remove a locked file in a Windows 2003 R2 server


I have a pdf file  in a shared folder . I tried to delete it, but it keeps on telling me there is an user or another problem is using it.

I tried to use Compouter Management to disconnect session and open file for this .pfd file, then try to delete it, it still give me the same problem,  the only way I can do it is that, I have to restart the server, then after restart I can them delete that file.

Is there any method I need to delete this file, without have to restart it each time.
star404Asked:
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Brian PringleConnect With a Mentor Systems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
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FarFromHomeCommented:
I have to agree with btpringle. This is an awesome little utility that will show you what processes are locking a file. You can then easily kill or remove the locks they hold on your file. After that you are free to delete.

BTW this is a FREE utility!!
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jimmymcp02Commented:
try using this tool but it has to be done from a win2k/xp machine to access the file
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml

also there are several others here that you can try
http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/deletelockedfiles.shtml
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orangutangCommented:
Why can't you just disable sharing of that folder that it's in and then delete it?
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The_MaverickCommented:
Is it possible that someone does still have it open? (or a session has crashed out and it hasn't cleaned up properly)?

Have you tried right-clicking on "My Computer" - clicking on "Manage" then expand "Shared Folders" then take a look for it in the "Open Files" folder?

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