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File unlocker utility! If you cant delete a file in windows
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Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:52 am Reply and quote this post
You attempt to delete a file, and you are told: "in use by another person or program."

Unlocker is the solution to the following types of Windows error messages

    * Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program
    * 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.

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!

This is a common problem for Windows users, and a frustrating one at that. Sometimes you have to reboot the computer to correct the condition, and it may persist even after a reboot. The error message isn't even very helpful, since it doesn't tell you which person or program has a lock on the file!

A new freeware utility called Unlocker helps get around this problem. When installed, it creates a right-click context menu in Explorer that provides you with a list of what processes are holding a lock on a particular file. Select the processes, click Unlock, and the locks are freed up. You are then free to move, delete or modify the file.

Unlocker is different from other utilities on the market since it works by closing handles held for a particular file by a process. Other utilities only kill the host process that has a lock on a file -- and if the host process in question is Explorer or some other program that really should be left running, this isn't practical.

Unlocker can also unlock all locks on a particular drive or in a particular folder, although you should use this function with extreme caution (it would be bad to do this on your system drive, for instance). Mapped network drives are also supported.

Unlocker works for the most part only with ordinary non-system files, such as documents. .DLLs are not tracked through Unlocker, which is probably for the best since .DLL associations with parent executables should not be tampered with in this fashion for the sake of system stability. Here it is! Its great and regularly updated

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Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:34 pm Reply and quote this post
Yes, unlocker is a great tool to get rid of unwanted files. I use it particularly to remove those movie files which cannot be removed using ordinary means.
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