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Posted on 2009-04-14
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Win2008:
Trying to delete some non-shared folders but getting the message:
"the action can't be completed because the folder is open in another program"

tried command prompt but no luck, installed 'unlocker' but that doesn't work on Win2008. Restart will fix yes but is there another way?
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The only way is to identify the process which has a lock on the file, and terminate that process. Unlocker is an ideal tool for using this, but unfortunately as you mention, it does not support Windows Server 2008.

Since the file is located on a server, it becomes much more difficult to locate the process locking the file, as it is possible it is being locked by a user accessing it via a share from another location.

A reboot is the only way to positively identify (and stop) the lock on the file 100% of the time.

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thanks mr tigermatt, i was kinda hoping you would recommend some process explorer software (and how to understand it's results!) but a complete answer all the same.
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