Thursday, July 06, 2006

Patch for the toy operating system

Ever had one of these annoying messages given by Windows?

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Many Windows XP users are being driven to madness by a bug that keeps windows from releasing files after it's done with them, thus keeping the user from deleting, renaming, or moving them. When you have to move a lot of files around on a regular basis (like I do with photographs) it will make you mad as hell and really harm your productivity. The only nice side effect is that it shows you how Microsoft doesn't give a shit about its users, as the problem has been around for a while with no proper solution in sight. Makes me want to switch to a real OS; maybe the bug is a feature after all.

Anyway, I finally found a solution and just had to tell everyone. Unlocker is a freeware program that catches the bug in action and lets you release the files you want without even stopping whatever task is being done. Also, you can just right-click to release a specific file. What bliss!

1 comment:

OMWO said...

Of course, it is then up to you to be sure that there is no good reason for the file to be locked, basically making the whole permissions system discretionary, which sort of defeats its purpose. One would hope the people at Microsoft would release a proper bug patch for their toy operating system one of these days.