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  1. #1
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    Default How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    You know how sometimes you want to delete or move a file, but the system error pop up says "sorry the file is in use blah blah" something like that..

    How can you find out what program is using the file?
    Normally some are obvious like if I'm trying to delete an .mp3 file and the error shows up, I can go to task manager and spot a rogue winamp running, and shut it down. Problem solved.

    But sometimes it's not as obvious, and I can't tell what program in task manager could possibly be locking the file. Is there a program, or way you can tell? (without restarting the computer obviously, or ending all the running processes)

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    Well yer either thru task manager or whats in startup tab / when u go to start / run and type in msconfig.

    Whats the name of the file youre trying to delete?? U can usually go to google or yahoo, and type in the filename you're having probs with and see what that file is / and whether its a virus, trojan, spyware or other.

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    Default Re: How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    Have a look at this program
    here
    There is another program called mst IsUsedBy but there web site is down at the present. http://www.mstsoftware.com/ you might be able to find it thru Google.
    hth
    The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them. - Orson Scott Card (1951- ),

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    Default Re: How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    It's not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable. The hundred-times-refuted theory of "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Default Re: How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    It usually should be reasonably obvious. If not boot into safe mode.
    There are no such things as ghosts, only clumsy ninjas.

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    Default Re: How to find out what program is using this file I can't delete

    cheers zqwerty, that is the prog ive been after, ive been looking for that

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