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how to "Force" windows to copy the file in use by another program.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hocheetiong, Dec 6, 2007.

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  1. hocheetiong

    hocheetiong Thread Starter

    Oct 5, 2007
    I am in windows XP pro. i have watch a online tv on internet explorer, than i know the file(movie file what i watch just now) *.tmp will temporay store at c:\document&setting\administrator\temp folder, my purpose is i really want to save that movie file to my harddisk, when i click on it and try to copy to my d: drive, than system not allow me to do that, because said this file is using by other application please try to close it and try again. but went i close that Internet explorer than this file *.tmp in side temp folder will automatically disapper also not inside the recycle bin. Whatever i already try to using command line to copy it still cannot, using xcopy/c command to copy also cannot, said error "sharing voilation"...

    Please help me how to "Force" copy the file is being in use.

    Thank you.
  2. TheSlayerM


    Oct 25, 2007
    try going to windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and try ending the program there 'cause it could still be running although you're not using it actively.

    And, as far sa I know, you can't force copy while program's in use.
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    You might want to look around for one of those programs designed to download online videos. One method I've seen for keeping those files is to pull the plug. Then it doesn't have time to be deleted and it is there when you restart. This is not a recommended method.

    You could also try some alternative copy handlers. "Copy Handler", "KillCopy", and "SuperCopier2" (which I use in Vista) are all possibilities. Search for "copy handler".

    This is something that can be done since drive imaging apps and others do it all the time, many using the Volume Shadow Copy Service.
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