Why can’t I delete a file in Windows?

Why can’t I delete a file in Windows?

Have you ever tried to delete a file in Windows only to be greeted with the message that it cannot be deleted because it is being used by another person or program?

I think that if the OS is informing you about an attempt to delete a file that has a handler open, it should be smart enough to tell you one thing: which is the application/process using it.

While there is no workaround for this problem, there is a utility that can help you find the offending process that is not letting go of that file.   Unlocker is a (free) utility that will give you this info.  Once installed, it is a contextual menu:


Unlocker will then present you with a dialog that will let you deal with the situation:


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