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Cannot Move or Delete Directories


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stlbud

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I think this started when I installed the Bloody Microsoft Search Toolbar. Frequently, when I try to move or delete a directory I get a message pop-up "Cannot delete directory: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again."

I've since uninstalled the Microsoft Search Toolbar but it hasn't helped. I've no idea what program may be putting a lock on these directories. I can't delete it even if the directory is empty. If I reboot, I can sometimes remove the offending folder. Something keeps setting the Read Only flag in the permissions. I clear it and it comes right back.

:whistling: This is maddening. I can't keep track of what directories actually have something in them or not. :blink:

Thanks to any and all who may be able to help.

Bill B.
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Facedown98

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Do you have any other toolbars installed? Any search/indexing programs like Google Desktop Search?
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Try Unlocker.

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Try Unlocker.

Ron

Thanks to you and others who have responded to my plea.

Unlocker shows 2 Explorers are in control of the directory. How did that happen. I only have one explorer window open and it is showing the folder not the contents. Where is/are the other Explorer(s)??? :whistling:

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Ulocker is working very well.

Thanks again,

Bill B
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Sorry for lateness in getting back to you. Glad Unlocker did the trick for you. Explorer.exe is just a shell and can have more than one instance of it running. Thanks for posting back.

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Thanks for your help. I'm just curious why Explorer is so persistent in holding on to the directory? Some of them had 4 instances of Explorer claiming control of the directory. I wonder why it isn't releasing the directory properly.

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