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I checked my Windows Explorer and I don't see the file so I am wondering if there is a way to find a particular file or program that is stopping the deletion process from taking place.

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Common steps that I take when dealing with this problem:

  1. Check if its a torrent or something that I am sharing. This is generally the case.
  2. Terminate the windows explorer process. Sometimes, if you have opened a window that is lagging or not responding and you force exit then this can happen.
  3. A virus scan.

A simple google search found this tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

Does exactly what you want. Finds the process that has the file open.

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Worked like a charm. Thanks –  Joel Dean Sep 28 '12 at 19:54
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