How To Delete System Blocked Files

You will get the following error messages when you try to delete a file/folder which is being blocked by the System or Application Processes running in the Task manager:

  • Access Is Denied
  • Sharing Violation Error
  • File/Folder is being used by applications. Please close the application and then try again.

Solution:

You need to kill the handle. To kill the handle, use Process Explorer from Sysinternals (at URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

How to delete the handle:

  • Run Process Explorer
  • Go to Find menu > Enter File/Folder name and then click on Search. You will see a list of processes blocking the file/folder.
  • Right click on the process and then click on Close Handle > Click Ok for confirmation.

Now you can successfully delete the file.

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