Wednesday, June 6, 2007

delete an undeletable file

Delete an Undeletable File

Ever got yourself in a situation where you wanted to delete a file, but Windows simply wouldn’t allow you to do it?
The main reason for this is that the explorer.exe process locks files that are in use, thereby preventing you from deleting them. Usually, these files should not be touched, but sometimes, situations arise when you really need to get rid of some troublesome ones.

One easy way is to use the freeware prog Unlocker. It will allow you to unlock any files that are currently in use by Windows. You’ll know if this is happening if you are getting any of these messages 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

When right clicking any files or folders in Windows Explorer a new option pops to unlock a locked file, just right click it, select unlocker, and the unlocker software will start. Then, click “unlock all” and close the software. Now that your file is unlocked, just delete it in Windows Explorer, as you always do.


1 comment:

[GAS] Tech. News said...

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