Cannot delete ### It is in use by another person or program
Posted on 2009-12-31
I have a user that is storing her Office 2003 data files on a Windows 2000 server (SP4) folder she created inside a network share. When she attempts to delete certain, not all, excel files (not sure of other file types), she receives Cannot delete file *.* - It is being used by another person or program. She has been having this issue for some time, couple of months at least.
She is using XP SP2 on her workstation (Dell Optiplex 745) and is the Owner, with Full Control of her folder and its subfolders and files. The main Share folder users are Domain\Admins and Domain\Users with full rights and Domain\Admin as the owner. We have McAfee OAS installed on all computers.
When I navigate to a file in question from my workstation or VNC into the server, I cannot delete the file, receiving pretty much the same error file in use or a sharing violation. I have used unlock but the files in question do not show as being locked. Thinking maybe the file had become corrupt, I tried to Open and Repair the file through Excel, no-go. The server has also been rebooted on a couple of occasions to no avail. I think I have been through about every thread posted here concerning the subject, have tried a couple of solutions but nothing so far seems to be the correct action. Any additional direction or guidance is greatly appreciated.