QuickFix: Can’t Rename Network Folder

I don’t usually do this, but since I haven’t posted here for a while… why not?

It happens from time to time. I want to rename or move a folder on the server ( windows server ), and I can’t continue because “a process is using that folder”.

I’d try unlocker for instance, but to no avail. It won’t find any processes using that folder.

Now through googling a bit, I learned that it’s probably the windows process that generates thumbnail files for folders ( thumbs.db ). This little bugger doesn’t always appear to release its lock on the folder EVEN when you’re not even in there resulting in this type of error.


Here’s a little trick I found to actually work:

Open the folder, and change the display mode into any display mode involving thumbnails, and wait for every thumbnail to be loaded. This will allow the thumb gathering process to run completely and will release the lock on the thumbs.db file.

About McBuff

Working as a Revit & Blender 3D "artist" in a retail world. I've graduated as a chemist, and have graduated as a "technical artist" in the world of "interactive 3D". I have that classic dream of one day working as a coder or designer in the sector. I think that the value of the product quality is more important than profit margins and release schedules. A view that sadly is in stark contrast to reality. Generally I am more interested in aspects of life, than aspects of industry. I'm opposed to taking things seriously, when they do not benefit mankind or me. ( But that's just an opinion ).

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