How to Delete the Locked Files

Can We Delete Locked Files?

The locked files always happen when you want to utilize some data files which are in use. And some applications on the computer will prevent you from reading, writing, or even tampering some specific data files. For example, you are forbidden to send a text file, when you haven’t saved it after editing it on your computer. The computer prevents you to get access to the locked data files in order to give such files better protection.

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How to know if the data file is locked?

The data files will be locked due to several limited reasons. If you want to know whether it is locked or not, you can try to open it, and edit it. A file that is locked will inform you that there is an error when you are trying to do so. It is such an unpleasing thing to encounter a locked file. So provided that you have seen one, you can try to delete them.

The tools that help us delete a locked file

Hereby, I will introduce some nice tools for deleting the locked files on the computer, and together with the detailed tutorials.

Tool 1. Explorer.exe process and command prompt

Step 1. End the Explorer.exe process

This is an application is mainly used to prevent the locked files from being deleting. With this application running, you can hardly delete the locked data files that you want. So just close it. Go to the Task manager, and then press the “Ctrl” plus “Alt” plus “Delete” at the same time. Then choose the “Processes” option from the menu, then choose “explorer.exe” item, and then click on the “End process” button on the lower right.


Step 2. Find the location of the locked by command prompt

The command prompt is a nice application on the computer. It is easy to find the data files with it. To open it, you need to click “Start” and “Run”. Then you can see a window pop up, on which you need to input “cmd” and then click on the “Run” button. Then you can type in the correct location of the locked file that you want to delete.


Step 3. Delete the chosen file

Now that you have found the desired files with the command prompt, you can just go on to delete them with the this application. In the window, you need to type in “Del” plus the name of the file.


Step 4. Restart the Explore.exe

After deleting the desired file, you need to restart the Explore.exe on your computer, in order to protect your computer. Go to the “Task manager”, and find the Explore.exe to open it. Or you can just restart your computer.


Tool 2. Delete Locked Files by Windows Recovery Console

Step 1. Power on your computer from the installation disc

First, you need to insert the installation disc to the disc drive of your computer. And then shut down your computer, and then restart it so that it will restart from the disc instead of the hard drive.


Step 2. Go to Recovery Console mode

The screen will show up with welcome greetings, when you need to press on the “R” key on the keyboard to go to the Recovery Console mode. The Recovery Console mode is used for troubleshooting for your computer.


Step 3. Delete the locked files that you like

After the Recovery Console mode started, you can go to the location of the locked that you want to delete. And then launch the Command prompt application, and input the correct location of the files. Then you can easily delete the file with Command prompt.


Step 4. Stop the Command prompt and restart the computer

After that, you need to close the Command prompt and shut down your computer.

Tool 3. Unlocker – Delete Locked Files Easily

Step 1. Download and install the Unlocker

Before deleting the locked files, you need to download and install the Unlocker on your computer. It is easy to install it following the installation wizard.


Step 2. Locate the locked file you want to delete

Go to the location of the locked file that you want to delete. Then, right-click on the icon of it, to bring up the menu of it. Choose the “Unlocker” from the options. And soon you will see the data file showed up on the interface of the Unlocker.


Step 3. Delete the locked files with Unlocker

On the interface of the Unlocker, you can now, choose to “Unlock” the data file. And then “Delete” it with the Unlocker.


Step 4. Finish the deletion

After deleting, just quit the Unlocker.

Tool 4. File Assassin to Delete Locked Files

Step 1. Download the File Assassin

Download the File Assassin on your computer, and the correctly install it. Don’t forget to launch it after that.

Step 2. Enable the necessary options

On the new window, you need to check the options on the interface. There are four different options for your choice. Usually, we check all of them. Say the “Unlock locked files handles”, “Unlock modules”, “Terminate the file’s process”, and “Delete file”.


Step 3. Start the deletion process

Tap on the “Execute” button on the interface to start the deletion process.

Something we need to pay attention to before locked files deletion.


The data files on the computer are all vulnerable, so there is need to take some measures to protect them. Thus you may download some applications for the security of your files, which can help you avoid the data loss or system crash.

There is a wonderful application on the Internet, called the Advanced SystemCare Ultimate. The Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 8 combines many functions of the applications for system maintenance. You can download just one tool to keep your data files safe and your computer performing well.