How to Delete Program File Folder

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

You cannot delete a program file folder if it is currently in use either by another application or the user. An error message will pops up once you try to delete a program file folder that is in use. There are several ways to unlock and delete a locked folder and some of it is discussed on this article.

Materials Needed:
- Boot Deleter
- Unlocker
- Microsoft Windows Operating System
Step 1
The first method is to reboot your computer and try to delete the program file folder.
Step 2
If the first method does not solve your problem, click the ‘Start' button and then click 'Run.' Key in 'cmd' or 'cmd.exe' in the 'Open' text area to launch the command prompt window. At the command prompt, change the directory to the path where the program file folder is located. Then try to delete the program file folder using the delete or DEL command. You can also make use of the remove directory or RMDIR command to delete the program file folder and all of its contents.
Step 3
If you still can’t delete the program file folder by following Step 2, then leave the DOS command line window and launch the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and terminate the explorer.exe process. The desktop will then go blank, excluding the windows that are already open. Now go back to the command line window and try to delete the program file folder that you can’t delete either by means of the RMDIR or the DEL commands, as described in Step 2. After that, key in explorer in the command line window to launch the explorer.exe process.
Step 4
If the methods that have been previously described still failed to delete your program file folder, try using a software application or an unlock utility. You can utilize one of the well-known utilities like Boot Deleter and Unlocker. Any locked program file folder that you’ve flagged using Boot Deleter will be automatically deleted at the next Windows boot up. This software can be downloaded for free over the Web and it works in various versions of Windows Operating System. Unlocker is another helpful application that could help you delete program file folder. All you got to do after installing the program is to right click on the program file folder that you wish to delete and then click 'Unlocker' in the menu item. A window that lists all lockers will then be shown on the screen if the program file folder is locked, Simply click the 'Unlock All' button and you can delete the program file folder.


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