Solved

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

Posted on 2012-03-13
6
755 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-13
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.
0
Comment
Question by:TGarey123
6 Comments
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
Elmar-H earned 300 total points
Comment Utility
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:g000se
Comment Utility
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
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:GiantSlayer
Comment Utility
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/
0
Highfive Gives IT Their Time Back

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:thomasdavis
Comment Utility
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.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:ded9
Comment Utility
Close all apps and then run this fixit.

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


Reboot computer and check.



Ded9
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:Gaurav Singh
Comment Utility
use unlocker utiltiy to unlock the files and folders, you can then kill the process who is using it.
0

Featured Post

Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Article by: Lee
Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise (and 2008 R2) introduced a new feature you may not be aware of - Boot from VHD.   Boot from VHD (or what Microsoft refers to asNative Boot allows you to install Windows to a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) file that is t…
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
This Micro Tutorial will teach you the basics of configuring your computer to improve its speed. It will also teach you how to disable programs that are running in the background simultaneously. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now