Fix Folder in use The action can’t be completed Error

Fix Folder in useThe action can't be completed Error

Fix Folder in use The action can’t be completed Error: We are receiving the following error message in Microsoft Windows: Folder In Use The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program.Close the folder and try again. Especially this issue occur only if we tried to copy, delete, rename or modify folders.

Fix Folder in use The action can't be completed Error

Cause:
Folder rename operation fails because thumbcache.dll still has an open handle to the local thumbs.db file and does not currently implement a mechanism to release the handle to the file in a more dynamic and timely fashion hence the error.

Solution for Folder in use The action can’t be completed

Method 1: Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files

Note: First of all download Microsoft Fix It from here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9790365 which would automatically fix the issue.

  1. Open Run dialogue box by pressing Windows Button + R key at the same time.
  2. Now type “Regedit” inside the run dialogue box.
    Run dialogue box
  3. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    Note in Windows 8 / 10 you have to manually create the Explorer key: Right click on the \Windows\ key and select New then Key. Name the new key “Explorer” and then right click, select New then DWORD. Name the DWORD entry DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders. Right click on it and modify it to change the value from 0 to 1.
    microsoft windows explorer regedit
  4. Finally find the following “DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders” and modify its value from 0(default) to 1.
    DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders

Method 2: Turn off the caching of thumbnails using Group Policy Editor.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor and click OK.
    gpedit.msc in run
  2. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate here:
    User Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – File Explorer
  3. Now when you are in File Explorer, search for the Setting name ‘Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files.
    Fix Folder in use The action can't be completed Error
  4. This setting will be set to ‘Not Configured‘ by default hence Enable it to solve the problem.
  5. Double click on it and select Enabled option. Click Apply followed by OK.
    This action cannot be completed because the file or folder is open in another program
  6. Finally close Local Group Policy Editor and reboot to get the problem fixed.

Above steps must have solved your error: Folder in use The action can’t be completed if otherwise then continue to the next method.

 

Method 3: Disable windows process settings

  1. Press the Windows Key + E combination on keyboard, This will launch File Explorer.
  2. Now in the ribbon, click View tab and then click Options then Change folder and search options.
    change folder and search options
  3. In Folder Options select View tab and Scroll down till you found the “Launch folder windows in a separate process” option under Advanced settings. Since you’re facing this issue, you would find this option enabled, hence disable it.
    launch folder windows in a separate process
  4. Click Apply followed by OK. Restart the machine and hopefully your problem would be solved by now.

 

Method 4: Disable sharing for the particular folder

  1. Right Click on the folder which is giving you this error.
  2. Go to “Share With” and select Nobody.
    disable sharing to fix folder in use error
  3. Now try to move or rename the folder and you will be able to finally do so.

 

Method 5: Try to disable Thumbnail

  1. Press the Windows Key + E combination on keyboard, This will launch File Explorer.
  2. Now in the ribbon, click View tab and then click Options then Change folder and search options.
    change folder and search options
  3. In Folder Options select View tab and enable this option “Always show icons, never thumbnails.”
    Always show icons never thumbnails
  4. Restart the machine and hopefully your problem would be solved by now.

 

Method 6: Empty the recycle bin and remove temp files.

  1. Right click on Recycle Bin and select “Empty Recycle Bin.
    empty recycle bin
  2. Open Run Dialogue box, type in %temp% and hit Enter. Delete all the files in this folder.
    delete all the temporary files
  3. If nothing else works, install and use Unlocker: softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml
    Unlocker fix Folder in use The action can't be completed Error

And finally you have fixed Folder in use The action can’t be completed Error easily with the above listed steps (I hope so) but if you still have any query feel free to ask them in the comments.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. liul

    Hello there,im liul..im trying to fix using method 3 & 4 but in its still not working on my laptop.can u help me to solve this problem ?

    1. adityafarrad

      yes please send me the screenshot of the problem, because I have listed all the possible solutions!

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