We have replaced a few older computers with new Windows 7 systems. We have one Win7 user that is having a problem when trying to rename folders that she creates on a network drive. The network drive is pointing to a Windows 2003 server that is up to date. She has all permissions but Full Control to the area she is working in. Problem: When she creates a folder, copies a file into it, then tries to rename the folder it gives her an error message stating the file/folder is in use and won’t let her rename it. If she waits for 5-10 minutes it will then let her rename it successfully. She can replicate the error. Then after a while the problem will go away completely and then hours or days later it will come back again. Very strange. She doesn’t seem to have any problems when working on her local c: drive. Please help. thanks
I have figured out why my Windows 7 users are having trouble renaming folders and files. The problem is the “caching of Windows 7 Thumbnails in hidden Thumbs.db files.” I won’t go into all the details but Windows 7 caches thumbnails by default and it keeps thumbs.db open for a while after a folder is created and files are copied into it. So basically if you disable this option in the Local Group Policy Editor you will no longer have this problem. Follow this link http://www.technoleros.com/turn-off-caching-of-windows-7-thumbnails-in-hidden-thumbs-db-files/ and you may need to reboot your computer. The referenced article is not specifically about renaming folders but details how to disable the caching.