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File in use by another process

By david.giesel@guinnessudv. ·
Two part How can I find out what process is using this file and second (undersrtanding the implications) is it possible to force the deletion of the file while it is in use.

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by BeerMonster In reply to File in use by another pr ...

Hi,
Theres some freeware at www.sysinternals.com called handle which will tell you which process is holding the file. As far as I know the only way to force a lock on a file to be dropped on the fly is to kill the process that's holding it. Hopethis helps....

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by Gigelul In reply to File in use by another pr ...

I can tell you about NT4.0 but you have the same posibility in Win2000:
-using task manager you will see the active processes. For example if your file is a Word document in task manager you will see as active process <winword.exe>. Close all others app and try <end process>. Some processes can't be ended because are used for basic functions.
-if the file is in a share you can use Server Manager (or in control panel\server): open computer with this share and in <in use> options you will see which file is in use and by who. Try to contact users to close file or you can use <close resource> option.

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by HuckleberryHound In reply to File in use by another pr ...

You might look at knowledge base articles Q228930 and Q181345 on replacing files that are in use.

I am not sure if this is what you were looking for but the inuse.exe resource kit utility has come in handy for me serveral times.

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