Replace locked files with InUse.exe

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Inuse.exe provides Windows NT and Windows 2000 the capability to replace files that are currently in use ( locked ) by the operating system. To obtain inuse, see : Q228930 . SysInternals has release a freeware utility, Handle, that displays information about open handles for any process in the system. You can use it to see the programs that have a file open, or to see the object types and names of all the handles of a program.

A gotcha! involving the inuse utility: it will not work on system files unless the %TEMP% or %TMP% environment variables point to the same drive as %SystemRoot% .

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