Usually, it can be obvious to determine the app using the file, but other times, you will get a warning when you don’t have any application running on Windows 11. When this happens, you can use the File Locksmith tool available on PowerToys 0.64 and higher to identify the process and unlock the file. This guide will teach you the easy ways to find out the process (program) locking a file on Windows 11 with the PowerToys File Locksmith. (These instructions should also work on Windows 10.)

Determine process locking file on Windows 11

To identify which process is locking a file on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, you can move the file to another location or delete it from Windows 11 (or 10).

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