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Win 7: Can't delete folder  because folder or file is open in another program

Posted on 2012-03-13
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Very often I can't cut/paste or delete a simple windows folder because it reports  folder or file is open in another program....when I have closed every file and folder and any visible open programs. I have to reboot my PC in order to delete the folder. It's true I've had several open office documents from that folder but after saving and closing them I can't then move the folder by cut/paste. I can copy it to another location but can't delete the original.
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by:g000se
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Hi,

Try running process explorer from sysinternals (Microsoft).  It may direct you to the program that is holding on to the folder and files.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653
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by:GiantSlayer
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Other alternatives to the above could be:

OpenedFilesView to locate the source of the file lock:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/opened_files_view.html

Unlocker to unlock files :
http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/
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by:thomasdavis
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Try to take ownership of the folder in properties then delete the files.  Security Tab, Advance, owner tab, click edit,  add yourself in here and make sure to check the box that the bottom replace owner on subcontainers and objects then apply.
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by:ded9
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Close all apps and then run this fixit.

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_file_and_folder_diag/


Reboot computer and check.



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by:Gaurav Singh
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use unlocker utiltiy to unlock the files and folders, you can then kill the process who is using it.
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