One file cannot be deleted: It is being used by the system

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I always have one file that cannot be deleted "because it is being used by the system" after cleaning with Acer Care Center. What is this? Should I worry?


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  • TheRealRaven
    Worry? Worry about what?

    As long as your system is powered on (and not totally failed), there will always be some files "in use".
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  • ElSijo
    Ah, OK. It's just that I'm used to having no files left after cleaning (in my previous computer) so this made me suspicious. This file is in the Temporary Files archive, if it matters.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Unless two systems are reasonably identical in terms of hardware features, OS versions and updates, installed products (and product updates), plugins, download histories, and possibly other factors, there may be little that will be the same between "previous computer" and "current computer". That can be especially true for Temporary Files.

    How various features make use of Temporary Files, Application Data, Program Files and other 'standard' storage locations can change drastically after any kind of upgrade. A new version of a browser plugin might switch where it stores its work files. The browser itself might do the same. If you visit a web site that has changed, you might not see a difference; but things may function very differently.

    Acer Care Center should be a Windows executable, so you're probably running some version of Windows. (OS/platform should be given in a problem question.) You might download/install Windows Process Explorer and start learning how to use it. Among many other features, it can be used to learn what process is holding a file open.
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  • ElSijo
    I'm running Windows 8.1, sorry I should have mentioned it. I think I will run the Process explorer- thanks for the tip!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    No this file may use for Acer care for system care. However, you want to close any application, you can stop its process by click Task Manager
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  • ElSijo
    I now have a second file of 34 kb. This one also doesn't go away after cleaning. I checked under %TEMP% and found a file of stuff that seems to be just leftovers (pictures, instruction docs etc.). Should I clear it out?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, you can clear any file, without disrupt system files running. But you have good knowledge to either which file should be stopped or not, Else the system may stop working.
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  • ToddN2000
    If you have other programs or apps installed you may be seeing their update programs running. You antivirus may look for new updates every time you logon. Apps like Adobe and the Firefox browser may look for updates as well. Without a specific file name it's hard to tell what may be in use.
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