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Which windows process has locked a file?

Sometimes, you try to delete a file and receive access violation or file in use – errors. To successfully delete a file, you will need to identify the process which has locked the file. You need to exit the process first and then delete the particular file. To know which process has locked a file, you may use one of the methods discussed in this article.

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

  • Download Process Explorer from Microsoft site and run the program.
  • Click the Find menu, and choose Find Handle or DLL…
  • Type the file name (name of the file which is locked by some process.)
  • After typing the search phrase, click the Search button

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