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Hello, I have about 6 excel sheets sitting on a shared server on server 2003 that when tried to open they say they are in use and locked by an AD user who no longer exist. I have even tried to delete off the server as an admin and it wont let me because they say they are locked. Same error happens regardless if I try to open in excel 2003 or 2010

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If you do not need the files (looks like you do not), get Unlocker, install it, right click on the file, select Unlocker and then select Delete. This will normally work.

http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/
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That is a good idea, but as I was testing I restored the files to the c drive of the server form back up, I was able to open one of them on the server, I closed it , then waited 10 minutes and tried to open again and now it says it is locked by "admin"
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A worksheet will not normally lock itself (at least I have not seen that happen).

Do you need the worksheets? If not, delete them.

If you need them, try to open them (as you did), and copy the information and formulas to a brand new workbook. That will allow you to then delete the problem sheet.
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OK I found and fixed the problem, and unlocker helped me by showing me what it was that was locking it.

cidaemon.exe is a process used by server 2003 for indexing. once I killed the task in task manager all is good in the world.
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Thank you for the update and I was happy to help.
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