Re: Unlock files in-use by other applications -

Discussion in 'Windows XP Configuration' started by jc, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. jc

    jc Guest

    I have Unlocker, which does this just fine for free. I'd
    have a hard time living without it, since Windows
    inexplicably locks stuff all the time.

    However, it looks like later releases come bundled with
    adware/spyware, so be careful.


    On Apr 10, 3:42 am, Max Loger <> wrote:
    > Unlock files in-use by other applications -
    > Few things are more frustrating than trying to delete a file only to
    > discover your system says it's locked or in use when you know it
    > shouldn't be. The annoying error messages come in several flavors.
    > Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    > Cannot delete folder: There has been a sharing violation
    > Cannot delete file: It is being used by another person or program
    > Cannot delete folder: Make sure the disk is not full or write-
    > protected and that the file is not currently in use.
    > I think I've seen a few other variations, but I can't recall them at
    > the moment. The problem is usually some process on your computer
    > locking the file or folder without you realizing it. Fortunately there
    > are several software solutions to delete stubborn files.
    > My favorite app for deleting locked files is Long Path Tool. After
    > installation, the software is available from the right-click menu,
    > making it easy to access anytime you need to delete a file. When you
    > encounter one of these stubborn files, right click it, select Unlocker
    > and see what's holding the file hostage.
    > You are then presented with the options:
    > To kill the process tying up the file
    > To unlock the file from the process without killing the process
    > To unlock all processes locking the file without killing the processes
    > It's generally better to choose one of the latter two options. The
    > first option may involve killing a required Windows process.
    > Once the file is unlocked, delete it.
    > Unlock files in-use by other applications -
    jc, Apr 13, 2011
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