Jun 11 2009

A utility to get past the “Error Deleting File or Folder” error.

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Have you ever run into any of the following when trying to delete a file?

  • 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.

I found a slick utility today that will help you release the locks on a file and solve this problem without having to reboot your PC. It’s called Unlocker.

The instructions on the Unlocker Site are pretty straightforward. Happy File Unlocking!

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4 Comments on this post


  1. Rick said:


    You are a GENIUS!!! Remember that directory that I encrypted and forgot the key? Well at least I can delete the whole mess with unlocker!!

    June 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm
  2. hstagner said:

    Glad I could help! Thanks for reading!

    June 22nd, 2009 at 12:53 pm
  3. Christina said:

    woohoo, you dont know how crazy thats been making me! thanks!

    November 16th, 2010 at 10:30 am
  4. Marrie Alen said:

    Unlocker was unable to help me delete such idle files,i used a tool available at http://pathtoodeep.com which helped

    November 21st, 2010 at 4:51 am


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