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Old 06-10-2006, 08:07 PM   #1
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Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

Ever had such an annoying message given by Windows?

Ever tried to move copy or delete something in xp where you get a warning
that it is in use by os or another program.... but it isn't... damn annoying...




It has many other flavors:

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Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Try unlocker, it puts a shell extension on right click that will unlock pretty much almost any file so that you can delete it.


# Unlocker is the solution!

1. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker




2. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear




3. Simply click Unlock All and you are done!



Here's the link

Latest Version : http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/unlocker1.8.5.exe

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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

rename the file to a shorter name and try again!
if it didnt work download killbox, copy the file directory in killbox and delete the file..
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

if a file is locked but you know it shouldn't be. for example, you were downloading a file and the browser crashed. now you cannot delete the file even after a restart? Chances are windows explorer has grabbed hold of the file and won't let go. You can identify that explorer is to blame for this using unlocker, but for some reason you still cannot resolve it with unlocker. you have to do this manually 1. Open a cmd prompt to that file location 2. open process explorer and kill the explorer process 3. now go back to the cmd prompt and del the file. you should get no error. 4. go back to the process mgr and restart the explorer using the file menu > run.
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Old 19-11-2010, 06:07 PM   #5
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

I also had problem like this. It was big headache for me for long time. But then I found deletelongfile tool, it saved me so much time!

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Old 20-11-2010, 03:52 AM   #6
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

You can also simply restart the pc.
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

Unlocker is the solution! but you try thecrikster answer also to completely solve the problem. Because some problems are very complected and the displaying answers are not the actual problems Message.

I recomend you to use a Backup of Registry when using Programs like Unlocker.
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

I have this problem getting rid of inaccessible folders. I've downloaded UNLOCKER twice this evening, in both 64 and 32 formats, & the UNLOCKER option is not there when I right-click the folders I want to delete. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
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Re: Delete Locked files in Windows XP - Cannot delete file: Access is denied

what folders are they?
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