🥴Who is using my files?

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Simplest way to find the process
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Which-Process-Is-Using-My-Files
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Mar 29, 2024
This article is aim to help you figure out a really common problem, but someone may not have a way to resolve it.
When you are trying to delete files or folders in your File Explorer, sometimes you may get a prompt that says, “A process is using the file or folder that prevents deleting it”.

Solution

You can use the Resource Monitor for this, which comes built-in with Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11.
  1. Open Resource Monitor, which can be found
      • By searching for Resource Monitor or resmon.exe in the start menu, or
      • As a button on the Performance tab in your Task Manager
  1. Go to the CPU tab
  1. In the Processes section, select all processes by clicking the checkbox next to "Image" in the headers.
  1. Use the search field in the Associated Handles section, right-click the process stop it.
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