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Why Do I Get an Error When I Try to Delete a File/folder?

Every now and then, Windows will prevent you from deleting a specific file or folder. When you try to delete such a file or folder, Windows pops up an error that says “Cannot delete [file name]: It is being used by another person or program.” If you get such an error, check the following:

If none of those situations are true, and you still can’t delete the file or folder try the following:

If neither of those work, the file or folder might be important to the operation of your computer. Ensure you know what the file/folder is, and that you really want to delete it before doing the following: