JSI Tip 8107. MoveFile.exe and PendMoves.exe freeware for files in use.

Download PendMoves.zip.

When you type movefile /? at a CMD prompt, you receive:

Movefile v1.0 - copies over an in-use file at boot time
usage: movefile \[source\] \[dest\]

Specifying an empty destination deletes the source at boot.

NOTE: MoveFile.exe sets the PendingFileRenameOperations Value Name.

To display any pending rename or delete operations, open a CMD prompt and type:


If none are pending, you receive:

PendMove v1.0
Copyright (C) 2004 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - wwww.sysinternals.com

No pending file rename operations registered.

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