Offline File Sync Errors: "The process cannot access the file..." RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate and have moved the location of "My Photos" to point to the a mapped drive of where they reside on my WHS.  So that theyre available when Im not connected to the network, I have enabled Offline Files for the folder. 


    The problem Im experiencing is that whenever I "Sync" the folder, I recieve the following error for every file:

    "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process"


    Now Im not sure if this is a Vista issue or a WHS issue, but I figured I start here to see if anyone had any thoughts.


    Thanks in advance!

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:17 PM

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    I too have this issue on SP1 of Vista Business.....but not with home server, am using Windows 2003 server and I am getting this error for every single file! I thought offline files had been improved in Vista but at least with XP it worked!



    Sunday, January 6, 2008 6:41 PM
  • Yep - I get exactly the same problem both pre and post SP1 despite other posts elsewhere advising that SP1 corrects the problem.


    If this is not addressed very soon - I will be rolling back to XP and will certainly not rolling out to anyone in my organisation!

    Monday, February 25, 2008 8:39 AM
  • Yes I have also had this problem with Vista Business. I rang Microsoft but they weren't interested in helping unless I paid for professioal support. I wish I had bought a Mac now.

    Friday, February 29, 2008 5:16 AM
  • A Big fat ME TOO. 

    I am using Vista Ultimate (no SP), connecting to Windows 2003 Server R2.

    Every single file generates this error.

    My XP installations work fine!

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:35 PM
  • The problem is WHS.  I have two Vista Ultimate machines and an XP Pro machine that work fine with 2003 and offline files.  I get errors galore in every scenario when using offline files with WHS.  Check out these threads:



    Friday, March 14, 2008 4:45 PM
  • Have you come up with an answer to this. It is the only thing keeping me from releasing a new LT to my boss?


    Friday, June 27, 2008 1:05 PM
  • Hi,

    Has anybody come up with a answer to this? i am now experiencing the same issue. It is clearly not WHS, as I'm running Vista Business on my laptop, and the server has Server 2003 R2.

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:02 AM