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How do I find out all the processes and programs that open this file

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Hello Windows Seven Forums

Sometimes when I am trying to rename or move some file or folder, I get this message:

Title: "File/Folder In Use"

And Message: "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program"

What program? What it is? Who it is? What it's name?, i.e. it's window title, if it has or process name? What it's process id? I want to get more information and details about the "another program" that opens this file/folder, so I will know how to terminate it, because it's really important for me to rename and move some folders and files right now. Is there an application that can give me this information I am seeking?

Thanks in advance and Best regards


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Nov 13, 2013
Welcome! But this is Windows Central, and is not strictly a Windows 7 forum. Anyway, to answer your question, download Unlocker Assistant (say no to the extra stuff it tries to install). Then try deleting the file again and it should pop up, telling you what is locking it, and you can then kill that and delete the file.


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Nov 12, 2012
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