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Delete File/Folder Currently In Use by Other Program in Windows

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When a file/folder is currently in use by other program or user, it can’t be deleted. Windows locks the file/folder. If you try to delete it, an error message comes up saying that it is being used by another person or program. Unless you unlock the file/folder, you won’t be able to delete it no matter how many times you try. This is where Windows alone can’t help you. To delete it, you need an unlocker.

Boot Deleter is designed to make you possible deleting any locked file or folder through the right-click menu in Windows explorer. Any locked file/folder that you have flagged using this program will be deleted automatically at the next Windows start-up. Boot Deleter is a freeware that works under Windows operating system.

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7 Responses to “Delete File/Folder Currently In Use by Other Program in Windows”

  1. How to Delete Locked Files / Folders | Splendid Things Says:

    [...] about what really happen to the file is. For example, you may get an error message saying that the file is being used by another program, but it doesn’t tell you which program that does it. You close all the running programs but [...]

  2. The Online World » File Deletion Problem? Says:

    [...] is when you can’t delete a file for certain reasons. One of the possible reasons is that a file can’t be deleted because it is currently in use by other program. It is impossible to delete it since Windows won’t allow you to do so. Windows won’t [...]

  3. Jack Says:

    Doesn’t work.

  4. DC Says:


    Could you tell us in what way it doesn’t work? For an alternative, you can use Unlocker that I’ve covered right here:

  5. Mr. Frank Says:

    The file is in use by another program or user. INSTANT DELETE REMEDY AND SATISFACTION AND EASE: To be sure I downloaded a wonderful program called GiPo@FileUtilities and found that this simple program cured all my pesky or downloaded files and programs that would not disappear from my desktop. My specific problem was that I downloaded a RICOH driver from a vendor source that really wanted to sell their software removal program and thus editing the ‘download-driver’ so that I could not easily remove it. Only after checking many Internet sources, and spending some serious research time, did I came across the GiPo@FileUtilities site. The program once installed simply allows entering the pesty or poisoned file to be typed into a box and then after rebooting the PC the GiPo@FileUtilities will delete the file before the PC is fully booted and before file is not held prisoner by another running program. I also learned a lesson to not allow downloading a program from a questionable site and or free driver offerings that are hoping to snare your business by essentially invading and or corrupting your computer. The old story prevails many only want your money. Incidentally the UNLOCKER program as well proffered on the Internet to assist in matters like these did not perform for me. Good luck in your endeavors.

  6. Delete File in Use Says:

    [...] have mentioned two freeware to delete files in use named Unlocker and Boot Deleter previously. Both programs, especially Unlocker, help you to delete [...]

  7. Marrie Alen Says:

    I have used everything but nothing worked than a tool available at

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