Unlocking “Currently in use” files or folders with File Governor

By on July 20, 2014 11:15:05 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

DrJBHL

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One of the most annoying messages you can get in Windows is this one:

“The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file is open in another program

Close the folder or file and try again.”

Or these:

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

Well, File Governor (32 and 64 bit) is available in portable and in MSI versions and it will show you each file/folder is shown with the process name, linked object process path, type and handle. As opposed to Unlocker (last updated a year ago), it’s updated regularly. It’s also free.

Then it gives you the choice of 3 actions:

“It is possible to kill the process or processes that lock the file or folder, or use the unlock buttons instead which performs other operations such as unloading dll files so that you get full access to the files or folders again.

You can right-click on a line instead for additional options. Here you can for instance look up the file on Virustotal or perform a search for it on the Google search engine.

Other options include opening the local program folder or file properties. All of these options can be useful in analyzing the issue further before you use the unlock or kill option provided.

You can use the settings to add an entry to Windows Explorer's context menu so that you can run File Governor comfortably selecting it, use the utilities menu to open core Windows administrative programs such as the Task Manager or Registry Editor, or use the program's own tools menu forcefully delete selected files directly or on reboot.” – gHacks

Key features and characteristics
  • Unblock files and folders locked by other applications
  • Terminate processes that lock a file or folder
  • Scan files and folders for locked objects
  • Close opened handles and unload loaded DLL modules
  • Unload DLL modules loaded in running processes
  • Unlock all locked objects with a single mouse click
  • Scan files and folders through the Windows explorer context menu
  • Safely delete a locked file on the next reboot
  • A valid and powerful alternative to the popular Unlocker
  • Run it from the USB flash drive with the portable version
  • The application can be translated into multiple languages
  • Supports all Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • Very lightweight in the memory and CPU usage

 

 

Download link:

http://www.novirusthanks.org/products/file-governor/  

 

Source:

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/07/20/file-governor-unlocks-locked-files-folders-windows/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e1311%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e1cy2

also the software home page.

 

 

 

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July 20, 2014 12:15:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

A very nice tool to have. Thanks, Doc.

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July 20, 2014 12:40:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Welcome, Wiz.

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July 20, 2014 6:47:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you, will be very useful

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July 20, 2014 7:10:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks like a great program

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July 21, 2014 1:16:10 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Hmm.  In my experience that's a rare and easily remedied issue, without resort to an application.  Nice to have for that occasional lightning strike, nonetheless.

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July 21, 2014 1:40:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I wonder if this can be safely used to kill the shell32.dll file so that it can be replaced...

Sure, you're not SUPPOSED to mess with it, but those icons sure are ugly! 

The only luck I've had with replacing that particular file is by booting into my Linux installation, mounting my Windows drive, and replacing the file from there. That's less than ideal, though.

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July 21, 2014 9:41:27 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Kevin_Walter,

I wonder if this can be safely used to kill the shell32.dll file so that it can be replaced...

Sure, you're not SUPPOSED to mess with it, but those icons sure are ugly! 

The only luck I've had with replacing that particular file is by booting into my Linux installation, mounting my Windows drive, and replacing the file from there. That's less than ideal, though.

Alternatively, without needing to install Linux, I just keep a disc with Ubuntu on it laying around to use as a quick bootup of any system. I'd imagine you could do the same with a flash drive as well. It is actually impressive how fast even older hardware (even laptops) can run via this method. Always nice to have these things for troubleshooting windows installs.

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July 22, 2014 5:51:09 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Leo in WI,


Quoting Kevin_Walter,

I wonder if this can be safely used to kill the shell32.dll file so that it can be replaced...

Sure, you're not SUPPOSED to mess with it, but those icons sure are ugly! 

The only luck I've had with replacing that particular file is by booting into my Linux installation, mounting my Windows drive, and replacing the file from there. That's less than ideal, though.



Alternatively, without needing to install Linux, I just keep a disc with Ubuntu on it laying around to use as a quick bootup of any system. I'd imagine you could do the same with a flash drive as well. It is actually impressive how fast even older hardware (even laptops) can run via this method. Always nice to have these things for troubleshooting windows installs.

I concur. You have to be careful though, as Linux doesn't care at all about file permissions. The same thing that makes it easy to repair missing or damaged files (or just replace them because...) is also the thing that makes it so easy to muck something up.

When I built my desktop, I formatted my laptop and put Ubuntu 14.04 on it. After a while, I got the bright idea to stick my laptop's HD in my desktop. Been dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7 ever since.

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July 22, 2014 9:13:32 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

For sure, definitely have to be careful.

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July 22, 2014 9:32:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It didn't help me rename a folder....something I often get stuck with.....often only resolved by a reboot.

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July 22, 2014 11:13:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Forgot to mention...doesn't understand the Aussie accent.

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July 23, 2014 12:07:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

Forgot to mention...doesn't understand the Aussie accent.

So....what language should I be swearing at it in?....

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