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Just today I got the following error while trying to move/delete several files:

The action can't be completed because the file is open in another program.

The file wasn't open, but just in case, I closed all programs. When that failed to allow me to move or delete the file, I restarted the computer. When that failed to let me move/delete I came here.

Any suggestions?

The files can be copy/pasted but move/delete fails even after multiple restarts.


Note sure if this is relevant, but it seems to only be affecting PSD files on my desktop - there are four. But not ALL PSD files.

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Have you tried "Unlocker"? It's a freeware program – D'Arvit Jun 28 '10 at 16:04
that can be a VERY dangerous but VERY useful tool – Lightly Salted Nov 3 '10 at 23:30
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Maybe possible that the files are locked/quarantined, in some funky way, by some security software you have installed?

Try deleting the files after booting up in safe mode.

If that fails, try deleting them using command prompt.

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You can use Process Explorer to determine what process has the file open.

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Everyone Needs process Explorer – Lightly Salted Nov 3 '10 at 23:29

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