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Sunday, February 06, 2011

How to Find Out Which Windows Process is Using a File

Ever come across the following messages and wondered how to find out what is using the file?
  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
I found a neat utility that allows you to find out

Process Explorer v14.01 shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.