The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program

carl :D 1 Reputation point

when i was trying to delete a file it just says "folder in use cannot be completed because the folder or a file in its open in another program resource monitor " okay when i saw that text pop up in my screen i searched in youtube how to fix it, i did the resource computer thing but it doesnt show up in associated handles. can someone help me?

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  1. Reza-Ameri 15,436 Reputation points

    This could be a temporary issue and normally if you restart your PC and try again, this could solve the problem.

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  2. MotoX80 25,671 Reputation points

    Use the Handle utility to see which process has an open file handle to the file/folder. Then close that process.

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  3. Kapil Arya 6,196 Reputation points MVP

    -Try a reboot, see if you can delete file then.

    -You can try ending the process in Task Manager and delete the file then.

    -You can try deleting the process in Safe Mode.

    -If nothing works, you can terminate process via Process Explorer and delete the file.

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