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  1. #11


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Which services? OP can't delete a folder how's he supposed to identify the services that may be using it. Good utilities have their place.

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  2. #12


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Which services? OP can't delete a folder how's he supposed to identify the services that may be using it. Good utilities have their place.
    Hi there
    it's usually fairly easy by just looking at the services there's often a .dll or .exe with the same name that he's trying to delete.

    I did also ask him to post screenshots .

    I'm not also saying NEVER use these utilities - but always try and use the built in commands and features before installing any special "System" utility. If you HAVE to then do so but in general these aren't a good idea and can cause all sorts of unrelated problems later - some of these programs can also include spy / ad / other nagware which while not viruses in themselves can cause exploits for other more nasty programs to use -- especially if they can get access to the registry.

    Some of the ad / spyware /nagware probably won't be picked up by some AV software especially if it isn't attempting to access the Internet as it's not actually doing any harm to the OS so any other virus could potentially use these programs as a backdoor to mess around with your registry.

    Some of these programs are "Planted" -- they don't do any harm at date xxxx but the install website has data of where this stuff has been downloaded and at some future date nasty pgm yyyy could attempt to access the loopholes in the original program. Sometimes this stuff is activated by an innocuous "New version found - do you wish to install and download update".

    I'm not saying all pgms of this type are bad - but these days there are more and more insidious ways of attacking computers so my take on this is to leave the OS as "Virginal as possible" and don't expect AV software 100% for protection as no AV software on this planet can be 100% effective until we use Quantum computers - and then we wouldn't need protection as mathematically it can be proved these are 100% IMPOSSIBLE to Hack.

    (Nagware are those pgms that always ask you to "Go Pro" or equivalent for (of course) a fee).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #13


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Very often you will find if a folder won't delete, you may need to delete the individual sub-folders or files before deleting the parent, sometimes you will find despite all that and killing the process for a file type Windows still won't release it and allow in delete. That's when you need a utility to help. Unlocker is freeware, no nags, no malware. I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    you don't need these -- simply look at running SERVICES and stop the service, now delete the file. On reboot service will be gone too.
    Agreed. And it's also what I usually do, and yes some Adobe updater always does that to explorer folders: usually one PDF or flash that was opened blocks the whole thing. Then I look for the services or running programs and there's something in 32bit with adobe... in description or name that I terminate to solve the thing.

    BUT still I don't think this method will be accepted as an easy one buy the average user.
    It is a good method but I don't know many people who would try it on their own.
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  5. #15


    Omak, WA
    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I am having a similar frustrating problem using Windows 8. Fairly frequently lately, I have tried to rename a folder with pictures in it, only to find that a message pops up saying something like the file is in use. I looked and found a file in the folder was displayed in Microsoft Picture Manager. I closed Microsoft Picture Manager and tried again and I got the same message. The exact same thing happened a few days ago, I believe. It seems like once you close Microsoft Picture Manager, the OS or Windows Explorer still thinks that the file is in use.
    I have tried hitting F5 and that didn't help. I looked in Services but there is a lot of stuff there and I didn't see anything about Microsoft Picture Manager listed there. Perhaps someone could let me what I should look for. It's interesting that one of MS's own programs appears to be associated with this issue I'm having.

    I hope that MS can fix this problem soon. Restarting the computer every time this occurs is not an acceptable way to resolve this.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by WCarp View Post
    I am having a similar frustrating problem using Windows 8. Fairly frequently lately, I have tried to rename a folder with pictures in it, only to find that a message pops up saying something like the file is in use. I looked and found a file in the folder was displayed in Microsoft Picture Manager. I closed Microsoft Picture Manager and tried again and I got the same message. The exact same thing happened a few days ago, I believe. It seems like once you close Microsoft Picture Manager, the OS or Windows Explorer still thinks that the file is in use.
    I have tried hitting F5 and that didn't help. I looked in Services but there is a lot of stuff there and I didn't see anything about Microsoft Picture Manager listed there. Perhaps someone could let me what I should look for. It's interesting that one of MS's own programs appears to be associated with this issue I'm having.

    I hope that MS can fix this problem soon. Restarting the computer every time this occurs is not an acceptable way to resolve this.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.
    Don't begin with services. Those areemore difficult to sort out.

    Begin by looking in Task Manager, as I said in previous post.

    Are you using Adobe programs (Bridge for instance?).
    What other programs do you have installed that can be related to imaging and thumbnail preview?

    You can do a test and see if disabling the thumbnails might sort it out.

    Click image for larger version

    It's a test. Pay attention to task manager and see any programs (explorer or adobe updaters run in the background).

    That's it.
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  7. #17


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    You can find what process has a handle on a file with Process Explorer available on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb896653
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  8. #18


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    You can find what process has a handle on a file with Process Explorer available on TechNet Process Explorer
    Yes, I use this. Remember to run it as Admin otherwise you'll not see who is locking your file.

    I also had issues with Adobe so I stopped all their services. I'm not saying it is your problem but do consider it as others have said.
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  9. #19


    Omak, WA
    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I changed the Folder View to always show icons and that didn't help. I tried Unlocker and it reported that it couldn't find a lock. I was able to eventually rename the folder using Unlocker's Rename option. I have not run any Adobe product lately and I don't know if any Adobe service running in the background has anything to do with this.

    It was suggested that I could use Process Explorer but what process would I look for?

    Thanks.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Hey, i think i've solved it.

    I've been googling for solutions for hours, tried nearly everything.

    Tried unchecking the "launch in a separate process" checkbox — was unchecked already, didn't help.

    Tried removing almost all software (even uninstalled K-lite pack, only an old version of Winamp left) — didn't help.

    Installed a "Lockhunter" unlocking tool — did help, but is annoying by itself, cause i usually shuffle A LOT of mp3 albums.

    Tried using Local Group Policy Editing to disable that thumbnail caching thing — didn't help.

    Tried enabling Item Checkboxes — didn't help

    What did help was going to the same page of GPEDIT.MSC: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer. And then selecting

    Turn on Classic Schell

    at the top of the list. Enable it. So far no more annoying 'in use by another program' message!!
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