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I have a file named Overview-2015.xlsx and no matter what I do, my computer keeps telling me the file is still in use.

Here's what I have tried:

  • COMPUTER RESTART - The only reason I could possibly think that this wouldn't fix the issue is something is opening and running the program upon startup. Although, I have been using this file for the past 3 months and now all of the sudden it does this.
  • Process Explorer - I used this program, as suggested by other threads, to try and fish out a program that may be using this file... couldn't find a single thing running an open file with the name Overview-2015 let alone an excel file

Any idea why this may be happening or a way that I could delete this file?

marked as duplicate by Moab windows-7 Jul 6 '15 at 16:31

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  • Why don't you take a copy of the file, paste it somewhere and remove the old one? – zain.ali Jul 6 '15 at 16:18
  • What happens if you boot into Safe Mode. Do you get the same error? – Ramhound Jul 6 '15 at 16:19
  • I have a copy of the file, and it is somewhere else, but when I try to delete the original it won't allow me to – Adjit Jul 6 '15 at 16:20
  • @Ramhound haven't tried booting into safe mode - what would that tell me if it fixes the error? a corrupt file? – Adjit Jul 6 '15 at 16:20
  • @Adjit - Once you update the question with the relevant information I can draw an accurate conclusion, I won't be sharing my current thoughts, until that happens though. – Ramhound Jul 6 '15 at 16:49

Try and delete the file in safe mode. In case you don't know how to run it in safe mode:

  1. Start the computer and before it starts windows keep hitting F8
  2. When it shows you a menu move the highlighted section to safe mode and hit Enter
  3. Wait till it boots up

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