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Windows 7: Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe

22 Nov 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Folder locked by wmpnetwk.exe

I have a folder on an external hard drive that is locked by wmpnetwk.exe. I cannot unlock it with Lock Hunter as "The processes are still locking it". I have searched for an answer and the only advice I can find is "Don't' delete wmpnetwk.exe as it is required by the OS. I now can't add any new sub folders or rename or delete existing ones. Bit of a pain as this is my main image storage folder.
Any ideas please?
I have gone down the folder permissions route and that shows full access. I keep getting an error message saying that I need the permission from John-PC/John but I am logged in as that with full admin rights!

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22 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

See here: wmpnetwk.exe - What is wmpnetwk.exe?

You could try disabling Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service to see if that frees it up. You can leave it disabled unless you share your WMP library across the network with other computers. I have it disabled on my Win 7 Pro X64 system.
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22 Nov 2010   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you Rich, I have unlocked my folder now but there is still a lock showing on the icon. Problem remains though i still cannot gain access to new sub folders . I can create them but cannot rename them or ideed put anything in them. Any further thoughts?
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22 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Since this is an external hard drive, just take ownership of the entire drive.

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22 Nov 2010   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Since this is an external hard drive, just take ownership of the entire drive.

Take Ownership Shortcut
Thanks but I have already done that so that the "Take ownership"does not show now when I rt click the drive!
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22 Nov 2010   #6
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22 Nov 2010   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Jacee
I used UnlockHunter and succeeded in so far as I got the message Folder Unlocked. However when I next checked I get this:
Name:  Capture73.PNG
Views: 1
Size:  53.1 KB


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22 Nov 2010   #8
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would use the brutal method. Unplug the drive and then replug it.
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22 Nov 2010   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Girded my loins and tried the "brutal" method to no avail I'm afraid!
Shall now resort to imbibing whisky and seeing what tomorrow may bring!
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22 Nov 2010   #10
whs

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Did you reboot before you reattached it? Try that.
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