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Windows 7: "access denied" Annoyance

28 Jan 2010   #1

win xp
"access denied" Annoyance

Long story short... i bet all of you have had errors about this... when trying to delete something.

But windows 7 have made it worse...
Sometimes trying to delete a file i just closed - a text, mp3 etc - gives that error. So i wait 5-10 min and then i can delete it. Same with so many other files and even folders.

I just finished installing a file i just unpacked. Trying to delete the folder - access denied - so i have to open the folder, delete files inside then any sub folder and then i can finally delete the main folder.

Sometimes Firefox even fails saving files to desktop since apparently access is denied.

Does it really take soooo long for win 7 to understand that im NOT using that file anymore.

Any work around this? besides using Unlocker - and even that asks me to reboot 80% of the times i use it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jan 2010   #2


Are you using Bitlocker?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #3

win xp

no, personally i turned it off for both drives i have.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7

I have had this problem and the firefox not being able to save on desktop(I have to temporarily change the folder) thing. Is this a windows 7 bug?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Go to search type the phase Process Explorer. When the problem occurs, use the Process to see what process is running. Maybe, it is something that can be corrected.

Several other wasys to check. Boot in safe mode, see if it continues to happen. If it does not happen. Use the clean boot method, to see precisely what is causing the problem.

To be very safe. Before trying anything. Make a full virus scan and also, download and use Malwarbytes, to find any additional malware on your system
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2010   #6

win xp

im sure im clean of any spy/malware etc... it already started after clean install... and no apparent process is using thsoe files/folders.
Its as if windows itself keeps them loaded somehow when ya opened and then ya need to wait... usually 5+ min to delete/edit/rename.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Open Task Manager. If the file is there, then end the process. If it won't delete in normal mode, then go into safe mode to delete the file/folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2010   #8

win xp

nop the fiel isnt in the task list... and folders specially cant be there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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