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    What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    I want to delete a particular file in Windows OS but I am not able to do it, Can you tell me how to delete a file in Windows when it says the file is used by another user or program? Can you tell me how to find which program or user is using the file in Windows?



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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    HI,
    many of the files are being by the system in the background and when you are trying to delete them you
    get the message,in fact some of them may make your work with unexpected error,so better be sure that you are not messing up
    with system file.
    To delete that file restart your computer in "safe mode" and try deleting that file you will be able to that because in safe mode system is running minimum number of required files.
    :-)

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?



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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    Hi there,
    First you need to make sure if there any background programs running rather than the OS.
    then Delete it. if problem persists Go to Task Manager > Processes and end the task which is not an OS program. Then you'll be able to delete the file easily.

    Regards.

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    When File can not delete in window that Problem come in when File are running in the Processes bar. First you delete the file in the Processes bar and after do the delete the file.The file is deleted...

    now you follow the following steps to not delete the file in window

    * First your Press the ALT+CTRL+DELETE.

    * Window Task Manager window is Open, then go to Processes tab.

    * Select the file which file is not deleted and then Click the End Process, then press Ok button.

    After follow these step you delete the file which is not deleted...

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    To delete these type of Files follow these steps:-
    -first Press ALT+CTRL+DEL now selet the program or application which is using it.
    Then go to its process and end the process
    Now again try to delete the file.

    -IF the above step is not working
    DOwnload and Install UNLOCKER and when any file shows this type of error then press right click on this and unlock it with the help of UNLOCKER.

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    hii

    The error you are getting is due to the fact that the file or folder containing the file you are trying to delete is being in use by windows or any other program running in the background....

    You can follow these steps to remove this error and delete your file :

    - Sometimes you try to delete the file just after closing its window but windows need some time to completely close it ... So , wait for sometime ( a minute or so ) and then try to delete again ..
    - Search for the program which is using the file , close that program and then delete the file
    - Also if after closing all programs still you are not able to delete the file then restart you pc and then delete the file as sometimes it happens that after closing the programs still there is something in the background which is using the file..

    thanks

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    Hiiiiiii
    this problem mainly for executable files,and also when removable disk are inserted,check whether the program is running if it doesn't then open task manager and check the similar file,and select the and end process,in task manger click processes and end the desired program.
    thank you

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    DEAR::


    Well, if you know how to work with the windows registry, you probably can perform a manual force uninstall.

    Before I go into detail about how to do this manually, I'd like to say that this is pretty advanced stuff, and if you're not a power user, then perhaps you should consider using specialized software such as the Perfect Uninstaller which allows you to do this in just a few clicks.

    If you are a power user, then let's continue. First, let's see how to remove the program from the list of installed programs. To do that you need to open the registry browser:

    Click Start and choose Run in the menu (If you're using Windows Vista then press Win+R on your keyboard).
    Type regedit and hit Enter.
    On the left side is the registry settings tree, use it to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Uninstall
    Inside that key you'll find a lot of keys that belong to different programs. Some are named after the program's name, others as a mix of numbers and letters that makes no sense. Look through each of them until you find one that has the key DisplayName (on the right) with your program's name in it.
    Notice the key UninstallString - this key points to the uninstall program, and the log file usually resides in the same folder as that program.
    If you delete the key in which you've found the DisplayName key with the value equal to your program's name, then your program won't appear on the Add/Remove programs list.
    Some programs create new entries in the registry to store their configuration options, these entries can usually be found in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software or in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE - look for the program name or the name of the company that made the software. Don't delete Microsoft though - that contains Windows settings as well.

    Next we have to find all the files that have been copied. Open the folder in which the uninstall program should be, and look for files which are named uninstal.log or setup.log or something similar. The list of files that have been installed is inside this file, you can open it in your notepad and find all of the files that have been copied onto your system. Delete the files and you'll get rid of the program almost fully.

    Again, I'd like to stress that if you're new to the windows registry and all of this stuff, and if you don't feel like experimenting with your computer, then, again, please consider using either the Perfect Uninstaller or similar software, I do not want to be responsible for breaking your compute

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

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    dear friend,

    If the windows explorer is showing the message that another program or user is running the file at the time of deletion then you must stop the process. Because if the program is running by a different program then the path can't be used for deletion.

    Check whether the program is running or not in the background or in the other user profile.

    Start task manager & go to the process tab.
    Now search for the program name which is running on the background.
    Right click on the program & select "End process tree" option.
    It'll close the process if running.

    You may also end the program if it is opened in any different user account from the task manager.

    Or you may log on to the different user account & stop the process from the task manager in same way.

    Hope this guideline will help you.

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    Dear friend,

    To delete a file, for which Windows say that the file is used by another user or program, you can use freeware utility:

    Unlocker for 32-bit Windows


    This utility unlocks the file from any Windows restriction completely. And you can delete the file as usual.
    To use it, do the following:
    > Right click on the file, you want to delete, and then choose Unlocker.
    > In the Unlocker Window, choose Delete from the drop-down menu list and then press OK.
    And the file will be deleted.

    Thanks!

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    Re: What to do If I am not able to delete a file in Windows as Its says another user or program is using the file?

    hello friend,
    you follow these steps

    >> go to task bar
    >> right click your mouse
    >> Select Task manager
    >>Goto process Tab
    >> Click on the program and enter to End process Tab
    >> End process which you want end


    hope your problem will solved

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