How to Resolve Sage 50 Error: “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in another program”

Sage 50 Error

Sage 50 is undoubtedly the best business accounting software that allows you to seamlessly manage your business finances even on the go, keeping you in control of your business numbers at all times. But often error messages might hamper the performance of your accounting software, drastically affecting your business productivity.

The action can’t be completed because the file is open in another program” is one such error message that prohibits you from copying, editing, or accessing a Sage 50 file or folder while working on the software. The Sage error message appears on “File In Use” message box and is followed by the details including file name, size, type, and modified data. This could be very annoying as the error message will not allow you to complete your task. But fret not! We have outlined some simple do it yourself solutions below that can help you resolve the error and keep your Sage 50 Accounting software up and running.

Fix Sage 50 Displays Error: “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in another program”

The action cant be completed because the file is open in another program

Total Time: 35 minutes

Solution 1: Stop Pervasive PSQL Workgroup Engine

💠 Close Sage 50 on all workstations.
💠 At the server, press Windows+R.
💠 In the Run box, enter services.msc and click OK.
💠 Now, right click on the Pervasive PSQL Workgroup Engine and select Stop.
💠 Once the service has been stopped, right click to select Start again.
💠 Repeat the process on all workstation. as well as on the server
💠 Check if you can rename the file now.

Solution 2: Lookup the Sage 50 program and data path files

Close Sage 50 on all workstations as well as on the server.
At the server, select Start and go to the Control Panel.
Select Administrative Tools and then select Computer Management.
Select Shared Folders and then click on Open Files.
Now, in the list, find Sage 50 program and data path files.
Right click on each of the files and select Close Open Files.
Check if you can rename the file now.

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Solution 3: Disable Windows in a Separate Process

💠 Press Windows Key + E. This will launch File Explorer.
💠 From the options, click on View
💠 Then click Options and select Change folder and search options.
💠 Now, in the Folder Options, under Advanced settings, find the ‘Launch folder windows in a separate process’ option and disable it.
💠 Click Apply and then click OK to apply the changes.

💠 “You can now close File Explorer via Task Manager or reboot the machine to fix the error message”

Still need help?

In case you have not been able to fix the error message by following the above mentioned steps or you need Sage expert technical guidance while troubleshooting the error message, remember we are just a call away. Dial to get in touch with our Sage specialists who can help you fix the error message in no time to ensure minimum downtime and maximum efficiency. Our expert technicians are available round the clock to help you fix all kinds of issues that you might face while working with your Sage 50 Accounting software.


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