If you’re using windows XP for your operating system you might have face “access denied, file in use, can’t delete this file” error several times in your daily computing. Even if you boot it into safe mode and try to delete the file, you get the same error.
Using windows XP and getting an error “Cannot delete file, It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.” is quite common. But the toughest part is, fixing without knowing how. There are two ways to fix this error.

# Tools To Fix Windows Can’t Delete File Error
1)      1) Spywareinfo is a free utility to use; you need to delete the file and then select the Config button at its lower right, and then select the Misc tab at the top to delete a file on reboot. You’ll be asked location & name to specify. On your next reboot file will be removed.
2)      2) Totalcmd is also a free utility to use only if you’re using Norton Utilities type of program.
3)      3) Unlocker is an explorer extension, with a simple right-click on a file or folder can rid of the error message.

# Another By Using Petri Simple Trick
1) Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open and close all open programs.
2) You now need to close EXPLORER.EXE. The proper way to shutdown Explorer is to raise the “Shut Down Windows” dialog (select “Shut Down…” from the start menu), hold down CTRL+SHIFT+ALT and press the CANCEL button. Explorer will exit cleanly.
3) Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory where the undeletable file is located in. At the command prompt type DEL filename where filename is the file you wish to delete.
4) Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell.
5) Close Task Manager.

Note – The CTRL+SHIFT+ALT at the ‘Shut Down Windows’ dialog method of closing Explorer is built into Explorer. (It was specifically designed so that developers writing Shell Extensions could get Explorer to release their Shell Extension DLLs while debugging them).


  1. well written .. I have used Unlocker tool and find it very comfortable and easy.. sometimes I get frustrated when I am unable to delete a file or remove the content.. Unlocker comes in rescue.

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