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How can I unlock a folder locked by ‘System’ process on Windows Server 2008?

How can I unlock a folder locked by ‘System’ process on Windows Server 2008?

I'm on Windows Server 2008 64-bit. LockHunter identifies that a folder is locked by the "System" process. I'm not sure why this happens, but my bigger concern is how to unlock it. I'm looking for a solution that can be run from the command line.

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Guest [Entry]

"It turns out this was caused by another computer that had an open explorer shell on the ""problematic"" computer. This problem persisted even after a reboot! (not at first, but it reappeared)

The only solution was to close the relevant explorer window from the other computer."
Guest [Entry]

If nothing else works, you may need to schedule an outage to reboot into safe mode and delete the file.
Guest [Entry]

Logging other users off the server ended up releasing the lock for me.
Guest [Entry]

"In my case, the fix was to check in Computer Management -> Shared Folders->Open Files who is locking those files and then end the session for them.

Hope it helps !"
Guest [Entry]

Safe mode command window worked for me. Be sure to have your local admin password and Bitlocker key before proceeding.