Unlock Locked Folder & File in Windows Explorer Easily Without Restarting Windows

Locked folder or file is annoying. What is more annoying is, probably, the fact that Windows only shows you a reason but doesn’t actually pinpoint the source of the trouble. For example, if a folder cannot be deleted because it is used by a program, which program that uses it? Windows only prompt a message saying an annoying message that the folder is being used, but not saying what is currently using it. You wait for a few minutes, thinking that it would get back to normal and then you can delete the folder, but it still cannot be deleted. You try to stop the explorer process through the task manager, but the folder cannot still be deleted. Frustating. How could you delete or unlock a folder if it is locked by something that you don’t know what it is?


For a locked folder or file, deleting or moving it seems to be only possible after you restart Windows. This is surely a waste of time, especially if you need to delete the locked folder quickly. So, unless you want to get frustated every time you find a folder that you cannot delete or move, you should use an unlocker utility. There are many unlockers around to help you unlock or delete locked folder and file easily. One of the programs that allows you to do so is LockHunter. It’s a freeware.

LockHunter lets you move or delete locked file and folder through right-click menu in Windows explorer. If you find one that you cannot delete or move, simply right-click the folder and select “What is locking this folder?” If it is a file, the name of the option will be “What is locking this file?” The main window of the application will display the processes or programs that are currently using the folder or file. You can click “Unlock it” button to simply unlock the file or folder, or “Delete it” if you want to delete it instantly. The locked folder or file will be sent to recycle bin so you can restore it easily in case you find that you select the wrong one to be deleted.




Features of LockHunter

  • Shows processes locked a file
  • Allows to unlock, delete, copy or rename a locked file
  • Allows to kill locking process
  • Integrates in to Explorer menu
  • It deletes files into the recycle bin, so you may restore them if deleted by mistake
  • Supports both 32 and 64bit Windows

  1. #1 by Usman Ahmad on May 22, 2009 - 1:25 am

    I need this software asap thanks

  2. #2 by judewhyte on August 10, 2011 - 5:27 am

    i need the software

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