Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source

If you've ever encountered a Windows error message when trying to delete a file: Cannot delete file: Cannot read from source file or disk. It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again. I can assure you, your not alone.

This is a fairly common occurrence that can happen when a file is locked by another process. Fortunately, there is a free and easy to use application available called Unlocker that can help you remove or delete the locked file.

Error Deleting File or Folder

Error Message screenshot
Common Error Deleting File Messages:

  • 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

How to Fix the Error Deleting File or Folder

      1. Download Unlocker and install the program.
      2. Right click the folder or file you wish to delete and select Unlocker.

        Use unlocker to delete the file or folder
        Using Unlocker to delete locked files or folders
      3. Select the option to delete and then click OK.

        Delete locked file or folder
        Delete the locked file