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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:25 PM

Windows 10.  I can't figure this out...

 

I have a folder with many photos in it and if I open that folder, close it and close the program with which I was accessing the photos, I am unable to change the name of the folder.  I get an error msg stating that I cannot change the name because another program is accessing the file.  This is after I have closed both the program (Paint Shop Pro) and the folder.

 

What process could be holding this folder open?  I don't use any cloud services so it's not that (unless Windows 10 has new behavior different from earlier Windows version.

 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:36 PM

All I can tell you is that I have occasionally experienced this problem not only with Windows 10 but other versions of Windows as well.  It seems that sometimes the lock mechanism on a file is not correctly released when the program that is currently using it closes.

 

There have been way more times than once that the only thing that released it was shutting down and restarting (and I don't have Fast Startup active, so if I shut down I really shut down).


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:56 PM

Another long-standing workaround for when Windows does something weird is to try in Safe Mode, although if a normal reboot resets the behavior, that's redundant.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:19 PM

When nothing works, programs like Unlocker (or now iObit Unlocker), FileASSASIN and others, can unlock folders or files so you can rename them.

 

https://alternativeto.net/software/unlocker/



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:09 PM

Hi, most likely very few people would know about this, back in win 2000 days, we included a small util Openfiles.exe. It has remained with windows ever since (inc win 10).

 

You need to activate it, open an elevated cmd prompt and at the prompt type:-

 

openfiles /local on (press enter)
 
You get a message about the global flags being enabled, and to effect you need to restart your computer (must be restart, not shutdown)
 
To turn off at cmd run:-
 
openfiles /local off (press enter) again a restart is needed.
 
The following are my  cmds for using this util:-
 
To see all open handles run this cmd:-
 
openfiles /query /FO LIST > 0 & notepad 0
 
opens in notepad will be long, however the ctrl + F keys will give you a search option.
 
To find a single process or file\folder name use:-
 
openfiles | findstr /i <folder name>  > 0 & notepad 0
 
EG:-  To find chrome handles:-
 
openfiles | findstr /i chrome.exe  > 0 & notepad 0
 

 


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:03 PM

Thanks jenae, that's very good to know!


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:46 AM

Lock Hunter is also a good tool

 

https://lockhunter.com



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:28 PM

Also possible that your antivirus is now scanning the files since you renamed the folder it thinks the contents are all new and need to be scanned.

 

Excel also has an issue if you've got the Preview pane enable in File Explorer.






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