Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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zima
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2005-07-06

Another tool everyone on windows should have is the sysinternals process explorer. Shows processes, resources, open files, etc. It allows you to forcefully kill hidden processes that are otherwise difficult to kill and responsible for locking files.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

For that specific usage, Unlocker is IMHO much more handy: http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/ - nicely integrates into right click menu; and can itself perform actions on the file, which avoids locking the file again by explorer.

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