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Windows 7: Renaming and deleting folders and files problem

22 Nov 2009   #1
antoniomc

 
 
Renaming and deleting folders and files problem

Hi there

What i describe below doesn't always happen but it does lots of times:
let's say I delete a folder.... it will tell me that access is denied, a program is using it.... to solve that, I have to open another folder, or click on an image, then go back to the folder I want to delete, and delete it. That's annoying.

Annoyance #2: Renaming (this is all over the network) here's what I do:

1. Open randomly named folder to check content.
2. Go back up one folder level to rename the folder according to content.
3. ERROR!!! Folder is in use by another program (not specified), please try again
4. Try opening another folder and then going back again to rename originally wanted folder... sometimes it works.
5. Wait 5-10 minutes before renaming.



Okay... no wait!! I just tried to rename a folder without even going into the folder....ERROR!! "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again."

That's very very annoying
W7 ultimate x64
Thanks in advance.


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22 Nov 2009   #2
ZeshanA

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antoniomc View Post
Hi there

What i describe below doesn't always happen but it does lots of times:
let's say I delete a folder.... it will tell me that access is denied, a program is using it.... to solve that, I have to open another folder, or click on an image, then go back to the folder I want to delete, and delete it. That's annoying.

Annoyance #2: Renaming (this is all over the network) here's what I do:

1. Open randomly named folder to check content.
2. Go back up one folder level to rename the folder according to content.
3. ERROR!!! Folder is in use by another program (not specified), please try again
4. Try opening another folder and then going back again to rename originally wanted folder... sometimes it works.
5. Wait 5-10 minutes before renaming.



Okay... no wait!! I just tried to rename a folder without even going into the folder....ERROR!! "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again."

That's very very annoying
W7 ultimate x64
Thanks in advance.
Hi AntonioMC! Welcome to SevenForums! Have you got any back-up software running (e.g. Acronis True Image,Norton Ghost etc.)? As this may be using the files.

Thanks,
ZeshanA
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22 Nov 2009   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Have you tried renaming/deleting in safe mode?
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22 Nov 2009   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I had a similar problem, but it was a one time deal with one folder. You cannot make changes to a folder when it is being used. When you get the notification that it is being used, in your situation, I think that it means that it is not completly closed, something is causing a delay. Try a disk check for errors. Go to properties of C drive then go to tools, then error check.
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22 Nov 2009   #5
dave1812

Win7
 
 

there are several free utilities you can use if you encounter this problem. google "windows file management utilities"
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13 Dec 2009   #6
jimmmahh

7 HP
 
 

I have the same issue with 7 Home Premium. Ive found that if you get to the directory with the folders you want to rename you can get at least one renamed if you are fast enough. Then you will have to close all folders that are open, navigate back, and rename the second folder.

So far that the only way I have been able to rename folders over a network.
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21 Sep 2010   #7
Banoz

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I have the same problem, but I found that it only applied to folders containing PowerPoint presentation files(as far as i know). Can't think of any reason why this would be. It presents itself if I have been in the folder, or just renamed it. Then when I rename again right after first renaming, I have to wait about a minute before it lets me do it. Same if I have just exited the folder.

Only apply to network folders. Could it be that glorious windows is searching through the document and makes changes to location references perhaps? although that seems a bit silly, and uneccessary to say the least.
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