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Cannot Rename System File in Windows Explorer

This article was previously published under Q227472
When you try to rename a system file (such as Kernel32.dll) in Windows Explorer by using the Rename command, you receive the following error message:
Cannot rename Kernel32.dll: The specified file is being used by Windows.
However, you can rename the system file at the command prompt or shell by typing the following line:
command ren kernel32.dll kernel32.old
To work around this behavior, use the REN command at a command prompt to rename the file.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Article ID: 227472 - Last Review: 10/30/2006 18:07:19 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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