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Trying to remove Windows 8 user account files

  1. #11


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yes it will, you just tell it to "Delete" them.
    @XweAponX: Unlocker doesn't work on my Windows 8, and unfortunately I couldn't find a way to contact the developer to find out why... Too bad because I liked that utility. It should've been built into Windows from the get-go.

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  2. #12


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I don't get it - I have it installed - Version 1.9.1 right? It works like this: Right Clock on the item you want gone:

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    And then choose the function you want:

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    If a file is a running process, it will bring you up a "Kill Process" window.

    But I used this to exterminate the Windows.old file in my system after an in-place install and it eradicated every byte and nybble that was in there.
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  3. #13


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I didn't have installer for v. 1.9.1 so I downloaded 1.9.2. I don't have Windows.old on my system anymore to try. As I said above I deleted it by modifying the ACL permissions and ownership. If unlocker uses NT-kernel I/O APIs to delete files then it would've failed as well since all I/O calls go through them.

    By saying that "it doesn't work on my Windows 8" I mean that it doesn't see file-system objects being locked. A quick example -- I run an .exe file from a folder, then right-click on the folder itself, pick "unlock" like you showed. But instead of showing that the .exe program is holding a lock, it says "No locking handle found." This used to work on my Windows 7. From what I can tell Microsoft improved security on system drivers in Windows 8 that probably broke whatever "magic" Unlocker was doing. I'm honestly hoping that that project is still alive and that someone will fix this...
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  4. #14


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    So, you are trying to use it to close a hung up process? You can do that from the "Details" view of Task Manager, choose whatever task TM will not halt, and then hit "Open File Location" and then right click on it and choose unlocker there. You have to click on the file from which the process is originating.

    If they changed it in 1.9.2, I'll send you 1.9.1 if you give me an email addy in a PM.
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  5. #15


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    So, you are trying to use it to close a hung up process?
    No. I am not trying to close a hung process.

    Here it is again. What I am saying is that the primary objective of unlocker is to remove OS locks on file system objects. I am emulating it by opening a process (or an .exe file) from a folder and then trying to unlock that folder. Because the .exe process is running, it automatically locks the folder it runs from. Thus my test with Unlocker. Unfortunately on my Windows 8, Unlocker doesn't detect that such folder is locked, which it used to do in Windows 7.
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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, take my word for it, if you click on that Windows.old folder and there are processes accessing it, the Kill Windows will pop up. Look, the purpose is to delete folders that refuse to be deleted otherwise, that's what it's for. It will not permanently remove a lock on a folder or file, it will only terminate it's process so you can delete it. You can't use it to unlock a locked file unless you are deleting the locked file.

    Look, try right clicking on "Program Files" and select Unlocker- I guarantee this will pop up:

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    It will ONLY do this if any of the files running within are in a protected folder. If the Kill Windows don't come up? Then the file and the process really isn't locked.

    Now, I tried your method, I opened several programs in my "Download" folder, but the download folder Path is not locked, and the Kill windows did not come up. It will only do this if the path itself is locked.

    Ok, I opened even more programs from my download folder. One of them stalled. It showed me this, the file shown is totally locked up. The Process the file tried to pull up is locked. So for some reason, I cannot run Hijackthis. But this gives you a better idea of how it works, which is it will only offer to kill process that are themselves locked or pull up other locked processes, and those processes have to be running.

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    Last edited by XweAponX; 02 Aug 2013 at 17:58.
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