Delete, Move, Rename Locked Files & Folders with MoveOnBoot

Sometimes, when we try to delete, rename or move a file of folder, we get a message that Another process is using the file or folder. This means that some process on your Windows computer has locked the file as it is required by that process. While sometimes rebooting the computer or booting into safe mode may help, in some cases this too may not help. In such a case, you may need to take care of a 3rd-party tool. MoveOnBoot is one such freeware that can help you delete, rename or move such locked files.

EMCO MoveOnBoot is a free tool for handling files and folders, locked by Windows, system services or other applications. With the help of this tool, you can rename, move or delete any locked file or folder at the next system restart. In simple words you can select locked resources and define operations that should be performed with them by Windows Kernel. Once defined, you can exit from the program or launch computer reboot immediately. At the system start you will notice that all operations with locked resources are completed successfully.

So, the next time you get an error message while carrying out any operation on a locked file or a folder, simply launch MoveOnBoot and drag the locked resource to it.

MoveOnBoot for Windows

Whenever you get an error message or find that you are unable to delete, rename or move a file of folder, launch the program.

You can specify a boot action type like Delete, Rename or Move, and configure it by setting the required parameters, as shown below.

If you are planning to move a file rather than deleting it, specify the source from where it should be picked up (you can enter the path manually) and the destination folder where it should be delivered.

Once operations with locked files or folders are defined, you can exit MoveOnBoot and continue to work restart your computer right away. On reboot, you will find that the job has been done.

The freeware also lets you change skins. You can do so as the program supports many skins with some funny styles too.

MoveOnBoot download free

MoveOnBoot is a freeware and works just fine on all Windows. You can download it from here.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.