We first reviewed Unlocker back in year 2008. Many users were disappointed when trying to make it work on Windows 7 64-bit OS because it did not support x64 systems. Recently this favorite application has been updated to support 64-bit OS, which means it can now work seamlessly on Windows 7 x64 systems. It is a small yet robust application developed to unlock files that are being used by other applications or users. We are reviewing it once again for users who haven’t heard about this useful program before.
If you ever come up with this error, don’t hesitate to try this software which provides the ultimate solution for such situations.
Unlocker integrates in Windows Explorer context menu, thus allowing you to unlock files in just two clicks.
Once you have selected Unlocker to unlock a locked file, it will display a dialog box showing all threads which are using the file / application. Hit Unlock All and your file will be unlocked by all processes. Select any process and click Unlock to get your file unlocked by specific process. Kill Process will end the selected process. You can delete, rename, move, or copy the locked file by selecting appropriate option from the drop-down list available at left bottom side of the window.
This tool works for all of the following errors:
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied
- There has been a sharing violation
- The source or destination file is in use
- The file is in use by another program or user
- Make sure the file is not protected
If you try to unlock a file when no lock is placed by any process, it lets you delete, rename, or move it easily.
It can also be run from the command line. Go to directory where it is installed and then use Unlocker.exe –H command as displayed below.
Hitting OK will prompt you to browse for the file which you want to unlock.
Unlocker assistant stays in your system tray bar and launches automatically to help you in unlocking the file when you try to rename, copy, delete, or move a locked file. So there is no need to access it from the right-click context menu.
In short it is a very useful application which will surely help you in fighting against unwanted file/folder access warning messages.
It runs on Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.