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✅ Fix folder in use action cannot be completed error

Fix folder in use action cannot be completed error: We are receiving the following error message in Microsoft Windows: Folder in use The action cannot be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Please close the folder and try again. This problem occurs especially only if we try to copy, delete, rename or modify the folders.

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The cause of the error:

The folder renaming operation fails because thumbcache.dll still has an open handle for the local thumbs.db file and does not currently implement a mechanism to release the file handle in a more dynamic and timely manner, hence the error. So without wasting time let's see How to fix folder in use action cannot be complete error with the help of troubleshooting guide shown below.

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Method 1: Disable thumbnail caching in hidden thumbs.db files

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

1.Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R at the same time.

2.Now type "Regedit" in the run dialog.

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3.Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERN-SoftwareN-PoliciesNMicrosoftWindowsN-Explorer

Note in Windows 8/10 you have to manually create the Explorer key: Right click on the Windows key and select New and then Key. Name the new key "Explorer" and then right-click, select New and then DWORD. Name the DWORD entry DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders. Right-click and modify it to change the value from 0 to 1.

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4.Finally, find the following "DisableThumbsDBOnNetworkFolders" and modify its value from 0 (default) to 1.

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Again check if you can fix the folder in use the action cannot be completed error or not.

Method 2: Disable thumbnail caching using Group Policy Editor.

1.Press Windows key + R and type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog to open the Local Group Policy Editor and click OK.

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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, look for the name of the setting "Disable thumbnail caching in hidden thumbs.db files".

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4.This setting will default to "Not configured", so please enable it to solve the problem.

5.Double-click on it and select the Enabled option. 6. Click Apply and then OK.

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6.Finally close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot to fix the problem.

The steps above should have resolved your error: Folder in use Action cannot be completed if otherwise, then proceed to the next method.

Method 3: Disable Windows Process Settings

1.Press the Windows key combination + E on the keyboard, This will launch File Explorer.

2.Now on the ribbon, click the View tab, then click Options, and then click Change folder and search options.

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3.In Folder Options select the View tab and scroll down until you find the option "Launch folder windows in a separate process" in Advanced Settings. Since you are encountering this problem, you will find this option enabled, therefore disable it.

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4. Click Apply and then OK. Reboot the machine and hopefully you may have the Fix folder in use, the action cannot be completed error.

Method 4: Disable sharing for the particular folder

1.Right click on the folder that gives you this error.

2.Go to "Share with" and select "No one".

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3.Now try to move or rename the folder and you can finally do it.

Method 5: Try to disable the Thumbnail

1.Press the Windows key combination + E on the keyboard, This will launch File Explorer.

2.Now on the ribbon, click the View tab, then click Options, and then click Change folder and search options.

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3.In Folder Options select the View tab and enable this option "Always show icons, never thumbnails".

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4.Restart your system and hopefully your problem will already be solved.

Method 6: Empty the recycle bin and delete the temporary files.

1.Right click on the Recycle Bin and select "Empty Recycle Bin".

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2.Open the run dialog, type %temp% and hit Enter. 3. Delete all files in this folder.

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3.If nothing else works, install and use Unlocker: softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml

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And finally you have the Fix folder in use, the action cannot be completed easily with the steps mentioned above (I hope so) but if you still have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the comments.

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