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.