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    This may be familiar to many, and I am not sure myself exactly what conditions are applicable, but one example I have encountered is 'another process has *.pst locked in Outlook' and another is 'cannot remove [drive]' (typically a flash drive).

    The cause in my case is that Copernic Desktop Search was running and it had to be turned off (in Windows 7) from the little Show Hidden Icons triangle (otherwise it just keeps running in the background), but I have read of at least one other where it was Google Desktop Search, so I presume any of the desktop search indexing tools may cause similar behaviour.

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    Yes, indexing tools and anti-virus scanners are often the culprits when files are mysteriously in use. This often makes it a pain to delete/move a recently created/changed file, or to unplug a USB device.

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    Using Process Explorer and Process Monitor you'll find your culprit.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb842062.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
    Using Process Explorer and Process Monitor you'll find your culprit.

    http://technet.micro...s/bb842062.aspx
    Terrific. For once I'm glad I'm tardy ('late' is taboo), as I can now let you know that your link is still good but it was updated April 1. Anyone who missed the latest can scramble to get it now.

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