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Windows 7: Can't rename folder because it's open

25 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Can't rename folder because it's open

In Windows 7 when I try to rename a folder I quite often get the error:

Can't rename folder because it's open-folderinuse.png

I can't find any file or folder that is open. It still does it even if the folder is completely empty. Often it seems that if I wait for 15 or 30 minutes it then is possible to rename the folder.

Why does this happen?

When it does happen, what can I do so that I can immediately rename the folder?

Thanks - Rowan

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25 Jun 2013   #2

windows 7 home 64bit

Hi there .... When the folder is open ... Right click on it then Property's /General Rename it at the top
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25 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

i think there's some program still accessing the folders automatically. it maybe a scheduled task, see if you can find which program is set to run in the background at certain time.
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25 Jun 2013   #4

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Is folder totally empty? No files and folder in it? Did you display hidden files and system files as well?
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