File in use?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Timeo27, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. Timeo27

    Timeo27 Guest

    Lately, I've got a couple of larger movie files that I've been trying to move to different folders, but when I try to move one of the files, it says that the file is currently in use, despite the fact that I haven't tried playing it or opening it in anyway. This still occurs even after I've restarted the computer. That's the annoying thing; usually restarting does the trick.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    If you know you're way around a prompt window try this. If not let us know & you'll get a simpler explanation.

    Open a prompt window & navigate to the file. Open taskmanager/processes & close explorer.exe. Leave task manager open. Now go to the prompt window & move the file to where you want. Now go back to task manager/applications & start windows.exe.
     
  3. Burpster

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  4. Timeo27

    Timeo27 Guest

    Thanks, Hipster, I should have thought of that before. I grew up using DOS and command prompts.

    Anyway, I've got my files moved, but I still wish that I could fix whatever it is that's mixed up with the file, because it still thinks it's in use or something.
     
  5. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    It seems to be an xp thing. :eek:

    And it should have said 'start explorer.exe' not windows.exe. DOH!