How to: Unlock Locked Files and Folders in MS Windows

Yesterday, I was installing a software for testing purpose in Windows 7 RC but setup never ran. I have installed and used that piece of software on my other two laptops; one running XP and other running Win 7. (I used Vista Ultimate for some time but never like Vista and washed it a long time ago from my systems). You may know that Windows 7 supports more than 95% of software which can be installed on Windows XP. So, this behavior was a surprised for me. It was a fresh download, so, I thought might be corrupted download. I wanted to move it to Recycle Bin but it denied to obey.It can happen that in such case the file refused to be deleted. You may receive different types of messages like the source file is in use or Windows is unable to delete it, etc. This means file is locked and you can not move it, rename it, delete it. No need to be worried. There are many software available to handle this situation. The best one is Unlocker. It is simple, lite, free piece of software.

Unlocker is the best choice in this situation because of its handling of such conditions. You simply download 255KB installer and install it. After installation, when you will do a right click on any file or folder, you will notice that there is one more entry named Unlocker. Simply, you select Unlocker from the menu and after few seconds, you will get a message of unlocking the file/folder. After unlocking, you will also received three options which you ignore if you want.

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When you select any action through Unlocker, it gives three options (see snap for more detials);

1: Delete:
If you want to delete the unlocked object, use this option.
2: Rename
It let you rename the object after unlocking it.
3: Move

You can move that unlocked object to any location on your computer.

The best thing is Unlocker does not kill any running process in your operating system. I was expecting such built-in support in Windows 7 but I could not find it. I do not know that this functionality is available in Windows 7 or not. If there is any such built-in function, please, let me know.

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