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

Posted by grigsby on October 28, 2010

Running Windows 7 Enterprise I continually see this message while trying to either move or delete a directory. No applications are open that should be locking the directory. Through random chance I found that emptying the recycle bin when this occurs would often resolve the issue. I think I’ve traced the issue back to windows thumbnail caching. Turning this off seems to have resolved the issue. The easiest way to do this is as follows:

  1. Start – enter gpedit.msc in the search window
  2. Select
    • User Configuration
    • Windows Components
    • Windows Explorer
    • Turn off caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files
  3. Select enabled and okay
  4. Next either reboot or
  5. Launch a shell and run ‘gpupdate /force’

So far this seems to have resolved the issue. I’d much prefer a more elegant solution, but sometimes a rock is all you have. Hope that saves somebody some frustration.

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