- Close all open applications.
- Temporarily disable your anti-malware software.
- Temporarily disable file sharing.
- To the available file shares on your system.
- From the Start menu, right-click Computer and select Manage.
- Under Systems Tools, expand Shared Folders
- Expand Shares, from here you can see folders being shared
- Note: Don't delete any default shares.
- Turning off file sharing
- From the Start menu, type "file sharing" in the search field, and then press Enter.
- Under File and printer sharing, select Turn off file and printer sharing.
- Under Public Folder Sharing, select Turn off public folder sharing.
- Press the Save changes button.
- Temporarily disable file indexing
- From the search box under the start menu type "Indexing"
- Use Process Explorer and OpenedFilesView to see if you can identify the application or processing locking the file.
- Run CHKDSK /R (will require reboot). This checks the MFT (Master File Table) and make makes sure it's not corrupted. If there is corruption, it will try to repair it.
- Reset file permission on the file. Under certain circumstances file permissions or ownership information can be altered or corrupted.
- Use caution when using this tip, it requires an understanding of NTFS file permissions and ownership: right-click on the file, select Properties, select the Security tab, press the Advanced button, from here you can try reset file security or file owner.
- Reboot in Safe Mode. This will disable all third party and non-essential services.
- Press F8 before the Windows load screen, then select "Safe Mode"
- Reboot in System Recovery Command Prompt
- Press F8 before the Windows load screen, then select "Repair Your Computer"
- You will be prompted for selecting a language and keyboard type
- You will be prompted for a local administrator password
- Select Command Prompt, from here you should be able to delete just about any file without restriction so be careful.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Windows 7: Unlocking a File
Is there a file you can't delete because some application has it open, below are some suggestions for unlocking a file. Be aware that some systems files can be locked down by operating system security or can be locked by a system process.