If you've ever faced down a "file in use" error in Windows, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with routine computer maintenance.
All you want to do is delete or move or edit a file, and you just can't unless you're willing to ferret out the offending application or reboot and hope for the best. Opened Files View is a free app that targets this problem and solves it quite well. Here's how to use it:
- Head over to this page, scroll way down, and download the installer. Make sure you get the x64 version if you use a 64-bit processor (check your system information if you don't know).
- If you're using the x64 version, you'll need to turn on driver signing test mode (which the program will do automatically) and then reboot.
- Scan the list for the file or files you're concerned with.
- Once you find the file, just right-click it and select "Kill Processes of Selected Files." Warning: If you're not sure what process you're about to kill, you may want to do a little research or just reboot, as killing some processes can have adverse effects on your computer. At the very least, you may want to set up a restore point.
That's it. Your files should now be available for whatever you need to do.
Thanks to How-To Geek for the tip!