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Cancel a windows task that doesn't exist?

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    jsampsonPC

    Weird...I'm trying to delete a file, G12-XM.mp3 from a directory.
    When I select it, press delete, and wait...it greets me with:

    "Cannot delete G12-XM.mp3: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again."

    Hmm, nobody else is logged on this pc. And I'm not using the file. No programs I have opened are using it...

    Windows needs an option in the context menu that reads (when you right click any file): "Cancels all tasks on this file".

    Because right now, I cannot delete this evil thing!

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    Rossj

    Download 'handle' from sysinternals.com ( http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/handle.html ) which will allow you to find out which process has a handle on the file.

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    jsampsonPC

    Rossj wrote:
    Download 'handle' from sysinternals.com ( http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/handle.html ) which will allow you to find out which process has a handle on the file.


    Excellent application; found the application almost instantly.
    Thanks!

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    sbc

    Or use Unlocker which enables you to delete the file even if another program has it open. Just right click and select Unlocker. You don't need to kill the process that has it open.

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    jonorossi

    I've had 2 files on my desktop that I couldn't delete, I don't know what they were or where they come from. I gave up after a restart a few months ago. I saw this thread in my feedreader and remembered they were still there and I'd give it a go.

    Handle told me for both files:
    "No matching handles found."

    I tried Unlocked and it did the trick, thanks. Unlocker said that explorer.exe was using it, I wonder why. Explorer doesn't have all the other files on my desktop open.

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    littleguru

    jsampsonPC wrote:
    
    Rossj wrote: Download 'handle' from sysinternals.com ( http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/handle.html ) which will allow you to find out which process has a handle on the file.


    Excellent application; found the application almost instantly.
    Thanks!


    What was it? The explorer itself?

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    jsampsonPC

    littleguru wrote:
    jsampsonPC wrote:
    Rossj wrote: Download 'handle' from sysinternals.com ( http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/handle.html ) which will allow you to find out which process has a handle on the file.


    Excellent application; found the application almost instantly.
    Thanks!


    What was it? The explorer itself?


    I had been transfering files from an FTP earlier, and then closed the FTP client. Nothing was opened. I tried to delete a file I pulled off the FTP, and got my problem.

    When I fired up the supplied app, I saw that the FTP client was still running...although it was nowhere to be found. And it was using 47% of my memory!

    So it wasn't hard to spot Smiley

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