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Q: 'Unable to delete a file or folder, action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program?

the action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program

 

This is a problem all he time. I try rename a file or folder and get this message all the time.  The is no program or anything running against the file or folder. I know this is a bug with windows 7 and need this to be addressed and fixed

 

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As far as I know, there is no such bug. It might be a problem with name of you folder(s) if you use non-latin symbols in it. Also, it might be you anti-virus software if you use one. If you are using 32bit Windows, I would recommend you to check application called Unlocker . It will show what is using that file/folder and will allow to unlock it.
You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

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Hi IRP1,

In addition to Tomas Dabasinskas response, you may try the below steps:

Step 1:
You can view all programs that are currently running on your computer in Task Manager.

Check if there is any process running related to the file is running. If you find any, right click on the process and end it.

Access the below link for more information on the error you are getting:
Why can't I delete a file or folder?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Why-cant-I-delete-a-file-or-folder

Step 2:
You may also try to delete the file by getting into Safe Mode.
Access the below link to know more about Safe Mode:
Start your computer in Safe Mode:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-in-safe-mode

Hope this helps.
Regards,
Manasa P – Microsoft Support.

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