How to remove a folder showing an error “Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program”

You surely have met errors while renaming, deleing or moving some file or a folder. When you do some of these operations on a file/folder which is currently open or is in use by some other application, you get any of the following messages:

1) The file is in use by another program or user.

2) Cannot delete file: Access is denied

3) The source or a destination file may in use.

4) Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

5) There has been a sharing violation.

Sometimes, the situation becomes too annoying when even closing everything, the error don’t just go away. To resolve the issue, I used to restart my computer 🙂 but that was a time when I didn’t know about “Unlocker” which can do the right thing for you by telling you the exact program which is causing an issue. That’s not the end, with Unlocker you can do various operations on the program as well such as closing the program or just unbind the program from the folder on which you want to perform some operation.

But Microsoft realized this stuff is too annoying for people. So, the improvement came with Windows 7 which tells us the program which is a hurdle for current operation. However, you still have to go and close the application by finding it manually. So, Unlocker still saves the day!

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Image: Windows 7 Notification !

Unlocker is a freeware and can be downloaded as follows:

Download Unlocker 1.8.8

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