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Is there a way to detect locked files in specify folder and release them by command line? Something like this (pseudo code):

for file in folder
   unlock file


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Is it alright if third party programs are used? Sysinternals Handle can be used to list and close open handles. Open file/folder handles are what 'locks' files/folders. And yes, it is a command line program. – Bob May 20 '12 at 9:53

Yes, using Unlocker:

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Simple use: unlocker file /s

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Have you tried this? It doesn't seem to do anything. – Robert Ivanc Oct 1 '14 at 13:40
@Robert It has been some while since I last used this utility but at the time I found it effective. Are you running it with administrator permissions? – Mr.Wizard Oct 1 '14 at 15:50
unlocker requires a full path including drive letter, i use it like that: unlocker %cd%\foldername /s – c33s Mar 26 at 0:08

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