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Unlocker for “in use” files

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How many times have you had to completely reboot Windows to get Explorer or some other greed process to let go of a file you needed …

Unlocker really rocks.  It integrates into the right click menu and can show you what processes have a lock on a file.  You can shutdown the process (preferred) or simply unlock the file.  Not only is it free, but the author provides a comparison matrix against 19 other utilities that unlock files and it is apparent he has put some thought into making his comprehensive!

Obviously you have to be circumspect about ending processes to release a file lock – but I’ve seen Windows Explorer hang on to a file until reboot when it isn’t really using it. 

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Written by Ruslan Ulanov

July 31st, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Posted in Utility