4 Tools to Unlock Files

Sometimes you may not be able to delete a particular file in Windows. This is because the file is being used by another process. You will see messages like these:

Cannot delete files: Access is denied
OR
The file you’re trying to modify is being used by Windows or other application

Many times the reason why the file is locked will not be known as you may not have any open applications using that file. Certain malware or viruses also lock files and folders and prevent their deletion.

It is possible to delete locked files using the command prompt but the easier way is to install a tool to unlock files. Here are 4 tools to unlock files.

IObit Unlocker

IObit Unlocker is a free, light-weight and simple tool that enables the deletion, renaming or moving of files and folders locked by other processes. It terminates all the related processes that may be locking a particular file.

To unlock a file or folder using IObit Unlocker, you can either right-click on it and choose “IObit Unlocker” or open the app directly and drag and drop the file onto it. The use of the tool is fairly straightforward.

FilExile

FilExile is a free and open source application designed for unlocking locked files and folders. It comes with a simple and easy to use interface, safety features to prevent deletion of important files, logging and also command line arguments. It is also available as a portable application.

LockHunter

LockHunter is a free tool for deleting locked files. It is also useful for identifying malware and other programs that may be blocking files without any particular reason. An advantage is that LockHunter deletes files and folders to the recycle bin so that if the file is deleted accidentally, you can restore it. LockHunter also comes with an option of scheduling the deletion of files at next system restart.

To unlock a file or folder using LockHunter, simply right on the file or folder and click on “What is locking this file?” or “What is locking this folder?”

LockHunter will open up and display you the options.

EMCO UnLock IT

Unlock IT is a freeware from EMCO software that allows you to unlock files and folders with ease. In comparison to IObit Unlocker and LockHunter, Unlock IT comes with a more complex interface and also includes many other functions.

Note: You should be careful while using these utilities as unlocking or deleting certain files can cause problems with open applications and make them unusable. You should never unlock or delete Windows system files as it can result in the operating system becoming unusable.

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How to Force Delete Files and Folders Using CMD in Windows

The command prompt (CMD) in Windows is a very powerful tool. For everyday use, you may never need to use the command prompt. However, if you need to do something more, it is your best option. Sometimes you may not be able to delete files or folders using the Windows Explorer. This may be due to a virus or some other underlying cause which may be locking the files or folders and preventing their deletion. In such cases, you can use CMD to delete those files or folders.

There are also several free tools (for example IObit Unlocker) that will unlock files and folders and allow you to delete them using the Explorer. Using such applications is an option but if you do not want to install an additional application, you can always use the command prompt to do the job.

While using the command prompt, it is necessary to exercise caution. This is because if you accidentally delete system files, your computer may become inoperable. You may have to reinstall the operating system to rectify the problem. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful by using the command prompt.

Here are instructions to post delete files and folders using CMD in Windows.

How to delete a single file

Open the command prompt by typing “CMD” in the search field in the taskbar and clicking on “Command Prompt”. Navigate to the folder containing the file to be deleted by using the ‘cd’ command. Type the following command in the command prompt:

DEL /F /Q /A name_of_the_file

/F stands for force delete
/Q will not show Y/N confirmation and will delete the files silently
/A selects only the files with ready for archiving attribute

Alternatively, you can also use the file path directly. For example you can type:

DEL /F /Q /A C:\Users\HP1\Documents\file.txt

If the file is deleted, you will not see any error message.

How to delete a folder

Open the command prompt by typing “CMD” in the search field in the taskbar and clicking on “Command Prompt”. Navigate to the folder containing the folder to be deleted by using the ‘cd’ command. Type the following command in the command prompt:

RD /S /Q name_of_the_folder

RD stands for remove directory.

/S causes the deletion of all subfolders and files

/Q will not show Y/N confirmation and will delete the files silently

Alternatively, you can also use the folder path directly. For example you can type:

RD /S /Q C:\Users\HP1\Documents\folder1
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Motorola Moto X Force: Price, Specs and Features

Motorola’s Moto X Force shatterproof phone is now up for sale at more than 400 retail stores across India. The Moto X Force was available exclusively through e-commerce sites till now. Motorola has announced that it will continue selling the phone through e-commerce partners i.e. Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. Now, the phone will also be up for grabs at general trade and large format chains like Croma, Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales & Poorvika.

Moto_X_Force

Moto X Force is priced at Rs. 49999. It is the world’s first smartphone which comes with a shatterproof screen. The phone was launched in India in February.

The Moto X Force features a 5.4 inch QuadHD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and 544ppi. The phone is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The internal storage can be expanded to 2 TB using microSD card.

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The phone boasts a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone supports 4G LTE and runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The OS can be further upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshamallow.

The phone is powered by a 3760 mAh battery which supports TurboCharging technology. The battery can be charged using the provided TurboCharger in 15 minutes to provide a backup of 15 hours.

The Motorola Moto X Force is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

Moto X Force Specs:

Display

5.40-inch QuadHD

Resolution

2560×1440 pixels and 544ppi

Processor

2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

RAM

3 GB

Storage

32 GB

Primary camera

21-megapixel

Secondary camera

5-megapixel

Operating system

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Battery

3760 mAh

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