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Windows 7: The folder or a file in it is open in another program.

16 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
The folder or a file in it is open in another program.

This bug been going on for a while, on my Windows 7 64bit. When I am done downloading anything through torrent (and no, I am talking legit files here), I can't move them to anywhere else, when I chose to cut them out and paste in new location it says it can't move the folder/file because it is open in another program.

Only solution I found is to kill and restart explorer.exe, but program comes back after just a couple of minutes. Even if torrent program is closed as well.

Any ideas what may be causing this?

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16 Mar 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Test with a clean boot to discover the culprit.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
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16 Mar 2011   #3

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Do you have any kind of download accelerator? I would suggest uninstalling any of those (do it one by one, if you have multiples, and checking after each one, just to see which was doing it), followed by any/all torrenting/downloading programs you may have installed (use the same format of one-by-one for this also).
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17 Mar 2011   #4

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Maybe you are seeding the file and that is why you cant move it somewhere else. Try to stop seeding the file and/or deleting the torrent file and not the download.
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17 Mar 2011   #5

 
 

Hi,

The reason the file is in use is that µtorrent (or whatever bit torrent client you use) is seeding the file, keeping it active in memory. If you stop the file from seeding you'll find that you can now move anything no longer being seeded.


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17 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Heh, guys, thanks for the tips, but I am aware of torrent seeding, I did write in the original post: "Even if torrent program is closed as well". So seeding is not the culprit. Neither do i have any download accelerator.
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17 Mar 2011   #7

 
 

my bad...It's still early

You might want to try the following tutorial

Folder View - Reset All Folders

hopefully it'll release the folder/file
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17 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Cheers, done the reset, will see during couple of days if that somehow helps
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17 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

You could also use this application LockHunter is a free 64/32 bit tool to delete files blocked by any processes to check what process is locking the file/folder.

Cheers

I know that in the site is said: "to delete". But you can also use it to check what process is culprit.
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20 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Got LockHunter installed, and the culprit seems to be the explorer and the thumbs file it creates. A bit annoying, but I guess I will just have to deal with it, since I now can easily unlock the file with the help of LockHunter.

Thanks for the help!
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