My development environment consists of several processes running together simulating various server and client applications. Add a couple of open command prompts to the mix and the message:
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
appears every once in a while.
Windows wouldn’t tell which process is holding your file hostage. That’s for it to know and you to find out.
In this post I introduce two tools that will help you interrogate the OS for the information:
a free utility from Microsoft. No installation required, download it extract it from the zip archive and run.
Click Find or enter Ctrl-F
In the find dialog, you can enter the name of the locked file. After clicking search, you can have the name and PID of the offending process.
This freeware windows explorer extension that will not only find the locking process, it will also let you kill that locking process or force unlocking the file.
You can download the file from lockhunter.com. Once Installed you can right-click on a file from windows explorer and select What is locking this file? Or What is locking this folder?
I like guessing games as much as the next person, I just don’t want them in the middle a busy work day.