Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Error: Cannot delete file because it's being used by another person or program




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Sometimes you may getting the error when attempting to delete a file which is used by another program or user. In this case you can not rename,move or delete this file or folder.

The error like:
Cannot remove folder xxxxxx: It is being used by another person or program.Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.

And the screen like below:
Error Cannot remove folder

Solution:
1. Try to findout which program have a chance to use this file/folder close it and then try to remove this folder or file.

2. Wait a few minutes & then refresh the window & then try to delete because sometimes Windows or the program using the file may still be closing.

3. Open the task manager click on Applications tab & check does any program uses this file or not? If found any then close it & try again.

4. Go to the processes tab & try to find does any process lock this folder or file? If found then close it and try again. In my cases most of the times i found this problem like let i have a process named abc.exe. After getting this error i close ABC.exe so in the Application tab i didnot found ABC.Exe. But in the processes tab i found abc.exe is still running even you closed earlier. So check it from your end.

5. Close all explorer & window & open files then try again.

6. Restart the PC & try again.

7. If still doesnot resolve or rebooting is not possible(if server) then use the thirdparty software to remove this file or folder named Unlocker.

1 comments:

adam dee said...

Try and download " Long Path Tool " is also useful in situations where you see these error messages: Cannot read from source file or disk, there has been a sharing violation, cannot delete file or folder, the file name you specified is not valid or too long, the source or destination file may be in use and many other file managing errors.

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