Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)

18 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)

So I recently found out why I couldn't rename the backup folder of my phone's SD Card. It's because a folder of phone camera pictures in the SD Card backup folder is included in the library "Pictures". When I try to rename the SD Card backup folder, or the Camera pictures folder, I get the error that a file or folder is open in another program.

Adding phone camera backup folder to the Library. (it's filled with photos)
Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)-1.png

ok so it's there
Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)-2.png

trying to rename the folder that the camera backup folder is inside. I get an error.
Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)-4.png

and I get this error if I try to rename the actual photo folder
Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)-3.png

I don't have the backup folder open in any other program, so it must be a result of having it in a library. This doesn't happen ALL the time, just most of the time.
I'm curious to know if any of you know how to fix this?
It's not a huge problem as I can certainly live without it being in the library, but it's certainly annoying.

Thank you everyone :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 May 2014   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I suspect this is a thumbnail generation issue. As a test, change the folder setting to Always show icons, never thumbnails and see if you can then rename. OR, close the folder, navigate to another folder, then go back and try to rename. Assuming you don't have a backup program running? A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 May 2014   #3
Vasanth M S

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

If you had anything copying into the folder while you had attempted to rename, this occurs. Else you can start task manager and find the application or service which is using the folder and end process it. This should help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Unable to rename folder in library (sometimes)

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
File Explorer hang when create or rename a folder within a library
File Explorer usually (not always but most of the time) became not responding for 30-60 seconds when creating new folder or renaming a folder within a library. During it hang, opening another File Explorer and browse to the same folder will see the folder is not created or renamed yet. After 30-60...
General Discussion
Unable to rename "New Folder"
When I download something, I use my "Downloads" folder in Windows 7 Home Premium and then click on the "New Folder" link in the Save File dialog box. However, I can't rename it from "New Folder" to the name of my choice. I do not get any error message, it just will not rename it. Any ideas?
General Discussion
Unable to rename Users folder
I have migrated my Windows 7 OS to a SSD, but my Users folder is too large to migrate. I am going to set a junction between C:\Users on my SSD and F:\Users on the HDD where my OS was originally. The instructions I have read indicate that I need to rename the C:\Users folder in order to set the...
General Discussion
Unable to rename folder
I am using Windows Explorer in an attempt to rename a folder. I get the message that the action cannot be taken because the folder is open or a file in the folder is open in another application. I do not have any application running. I do have McAffee and Registry Mechanic running but neither...
General Discussion
Can't rename a library
Alright so I'm new to the forums here, and I tried searching through the forums as well as searching online for a solution but I haven't found any usable information on my issue. For some reason unknown to me, I cannot name a library to "Movies." It used to be named Movies, and then something...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:35.
Twitter Facebook Google+