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Error Applying Attributes

An error occurred applying attributes to the...

 
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When attempting to change a file's attributes, the file was found to be in use by another program.  Attributes cannot be changed while another program is using the file.

 
 
   
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  Error Applying Attributes 

 
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  An error occurred applying attributes to the file:

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The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Close Files in Use
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To proceed with actions on the file or folder, the application using it must release it. Either save or close the open file.

If you continue to get a warning, try closing the open application.

    If you had an application crash since powering on, Windows may think a file is still in use, when it no longer is. A reboot should clear the issue.

     
       
     
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      FaultWire Staff
    Posted: 17-Nov-2010
     
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