Essential Software: File & Folder Unlocker

Have you ever needed to delete or move a file that’s in use?  You may have come across a variation of this error before: “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”.  You aren’t necessarily going to be able to fix the problem by rebooting the operating system and it is another thing to actually find the offending process that is accessing this file or folder.  The handy File & Folder Unlocker tool from DiamondCS gives you the ability to select the file or folder in question and choose “Unlock Object”.  Also, you can see which files and/or folders a given process is clinging on to by double-clicking them, as well as being able to ‘Kill’ the offending processes.


File & Folder Unlocker is portable and as such, requires no installation.  It can be run from a USB flash drive etc.

Version at the time of writing supports: Windows 2000, Windows XP and 2003

Here is the URL:
File & Folder Unlocker

Note: For a similar software solution, see my article on Shadow Copy, which allows you to copy files and folders that are in use.


One Response to “Essential Software: File & Folder Unlocker”

  1. hi dom just checked in the reply is hard to see mate will have look thru the site tonite regards kerry

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