Work around error message to rename that system file
When you try to rename a system file in Windows 2000 Explorer, you may receive an error indicating that the file is being used by Windows.
Example: When you attempt to rename Kernel32.dll, you receive:
Cannot rename Kernel32.dll: The specified file is being used by Windows.
To work around this behavior:
- Open a CMD prompt.
- Switch (CD) to the folder that contains the file you wish to rename.
- Use the REN command: REN kernel32.dll kernel32.old
This was first published in August 2001
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