Unlocker 1.8.4 available

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 26, 2006
Updated • May 11, 2013

Did you ever get a message like "Cannot delete File / Folder: It is being used by another person or program" or similar messages when you were trying to delete a file or folder? This happened to me quite often when I finished viewing a movie file and decided to delete it but could not because the file got locked somehow by the operating system or another program running on it.

Unlocker is a freeware program that can resolve those issues for you. It adds a right-click menu to Windows Explorer that you can make use of to unlock files that are somehow locked by the operating system so that you cannot delete, rename or move them.

All it takes to use the program to unlock files is to right-click them and select the Unlocker option from the context menu to do so.

I know that I reviewed Unlocker previously here on Ghacks but a new version was released two days ago which corrects some bugs and adds another language to the program.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • New language: Belarusian.
  • New feature: Access to Delete / Rename / Move options from command line
  • Improved behavior: Power users do not need rights to modify registry anymore to run Unlocker as long as Unlocker was installed by an administrator on the machine.
  • Fixed bug: Renaming now works again.
  • Fixed bug: Renaming and Moving on boot now work again.

Other error messages where Unlocker is able to help with.

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

You see, it may be a good idea to install the program and have it at hand because those errors seem to happen frequently on Windows. You can download the program from the new homepage of the developer.


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  1. OA said on June 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Where is the link to the software?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      It is right there.

  2. Marketingtroll said on August 27, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Cool.. I get this problem all the time. Its a right pain in the Butt! .. Cheers for the link :)

  3. gnome said on August 27, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    A life saver!

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