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File In Use

The action can't be completed because the file...

 
  Description  
     
 

Only one program can open a file or folder at one time for modification. This message appears when a second program attempts to open the file or folder with modification privileges.

 
 
   
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Dialog may appear differently depending on Vista style options and where it occurs.
 
   
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  File In Use 

 
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  The action can't be completed because the file is open in application

Close the file and try again.

folder name

Type: type
Size: size
Date Modified: date  

 
Typical location
  C:\Windows\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows Vista

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  error 

   
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
  Button Explanation  
 
       
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Try Again
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  Once the other application has released the file or folder, use this button to try to gain access again.  
       
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Cancel
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  Skip the attempt to access the selected file or folder.  
 
   
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Release the File
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Select the application that is currently using the file or folder and save the file or folder so that your second application can access it.

If you recently had an application crash, it may have left a lock on a file. A system reboot may be necessary to release the file for other applications to access and/or modify the file.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 14-Sep-2009
 
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