Error Deleting File or Folder

Date: February 5th, 2009
Author: Ivory Morhuld

Always have time when you go to clean and organize the files and folder of your hard disk and when you go to delete some file or folder, sometimes Windows stop responding and the message like shown below appears on the screen.


Error Deleting File or Folder

Yes. The message clearly says:

Error deleting File or Folder
Cannot delete document: It is being used by another person or program
.

But what means that? Used by another person? WTF? Used by another program? What program?

In some cases the file really was locked by other program for which you have forgotten. Usually this program staying minimized with opened file in it. In this case closing the file or program and trying to delete the file over again will be enough. But in other cases this is not the exact problem. The problem exist in Windows, because sometimes Windows leave opened handles to files without closing it after the file or application was closed. For this situation you can use freeware program called Unlocker. Unlcoker can be helpful also at:

- Cannot delete file: Access is denied
- There has been a sharing violation.
- The source or destination file may be in use.
- The file is in use by another program or user.
- Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

The program integrates to contextual menu appearing on right mouse click over the file or folder.

Error Deleting File or Folder

When you select Unlocker, window with list of all files/folders locked by any proccess will appear on the screen. You can select the file or folder which you want to unlock and click on Unlock button or just press Unlock All. Now you can delete current file or folder.

Error Deleting File or Folder

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8 Responses to “Error Deleting File or Folder”

  • sanju sinha says:

    Fantastic tutorial. I really liked it.You can also refer http://www.pathtoolong.com

  • sanju121 says:

    It helped me a lot

  • fayaz says:

    excellent thank u very very much

  • jaba says:

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  • Error: Unable to create directory /var/www/vhosts/onlinehowto.net/web/www/wp-content/uploads/2014/07. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Ivory Morhuld says:

    What help do you need?

  • DanOrtega says:

    If you have problems like “Error Deleting File or Folder” , one of the best tools for solving this would be Long Path Tool found at http://LongPathTool.com.

    Long Path Tool can simplify and probably end your problems in unlocking, managing and renaming files that appear to have a long filename.

    If you encounter errors as :

    • Path too long

    • Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk

    • Cannot delete file: Access is denied

    • There has been a sharing violation.

    • Cannot delete file or folder The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.

    • The source or destination file may be in use.

    • The file is in use by another program or user.

    • Error Deleting File or Folder

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

    • Error Copying File or Folder.

    • Cannot remove folder.

    • The filename or extension is too long.

    • Path too deep.

    • Destination Path Too Long.

    • Could not find this item.

    • Filename is not valid.

    • The file could not be accessed.

    • The path you entered, is too long. Enter a shorter path.

    • File Name could not be found. Check the spelling of the filename, and verify that the file location is correct.

    Your best solution is Long Path Tool . Go to http://LongPathTool.com and see the trial version to convince yourself.

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