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I'm trying to delete a folder unsuccessfully. When I try to delete it or move it to the Recycle Bin, the following message appears:

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As far as I can tell, it is not open in another program or window.

What options do I have for deletion of this folder ?

marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Kevin Panko, Tog, Heptite, random Feb 12 '14 at 23:35

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Your options are:

a) reboot your server or machine (maybe even in safe modus) or

b) download one of the countless unlocker tools e.g http://download.cnet.com/Unlocker/3000-2248_4-10493998.html

See also: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/241178/command-line-tool-for-finding-out-who-is-locking-a-file

  • I have Iobit Unlocker installed, I'll try that now. – Simon Feb 11 '14 at 20:52
  • see my edit above – Simon Feb 11 '14 at 20:56
  • so... kill TASK chrome :) (taskmanager) then delete directory "london" – edelwater Feb 11 '14 at 20:58
  • Yes I simply closed Chrome, and that allowed me to delete the folder. I've never come across that before. Thankyou for your help however :) – Simon Feb 11 '14 at 21:01
  • I accepted yours as the correct answer as it was Unlocker that identified the problem (even though I didn't have to use it). – Simon Feb 12 '14 at 12:39

I already had Unlocker installed on my PC, as was recommended by edelwater which showed that the folder was "locked" by Chrome as follows:

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It was therefore simply a case of closing the Chrome web browser, which therefore allowed me to delete the folder.

(I did not have to use the functionality of Unlocker to do so. However Unlocker provided the details of why the folder was "locked" in the first place).

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