File in use. Delete it?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by lieb39, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. lieb39

    lieb39 Apple lover, PC User

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    Hmm,

    I am trying to delete this file but it says that it's in use. I know I can just restart my computer and than it won't be in use. However, is there a way i can find out what application the file is being used for, than kill it? Or maybe just terminate all access to the file, so I can delete it?

    Just wondering... I hate logging off/on or restarting :rolleyes:


    -lieb39
     
  2. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    there SHOULD be a way... (There is on mainframes!) because the application has to know and place an enqueue... However I am not sure how MicroSfot may have implemented this and if it is BIOS level - they surely have NOT made it easy, as it should be - should be able to simply tell you when it says "file in use" - why not suggest this to MS? Along with many more obvious improvements.... Seriously, you'll probably have to run a little prog against the file to find out, and I do not know of one - but shall monitor thread as it's something I'd quite like to know too.
     
  3. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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  5. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    stop explorer.exe running
    delete it.
    new task = explorer.exe
     
  6. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Don't think that'll always work. Can someone confirm this?
     
  7. Kr0m

    Kr0m Moderator

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    I just use a program like winamp to browse to the file and delete it that way :/