Audacity was not able to lock the temporary files director error

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Below is the message that keeps coming up whenever I try to open my Audacity application.

Audacity was not able to lock the temporary files directory.

Error locking temporary folder

Audacity was not able to lock the temporary files directory.

This folder may be in use by another copy of Audacity.

Running two copies of Audacity simultaneously may cause data loss or cause your system to crash

Do you still want to start Audacity?

 

    No                                                                          Yes

I have Audacity version 1.3 installed on my Windows 7 professional machine. I tried to check my task manager if there were any process related to Audacity running, but could not find any. I have also rebooted the machine twice and still the error message pops up.

Do I need to reinstall the software again in order to get it running?

Please advice

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Audacity was not able to lock the temporary files director error

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That error will occur if Audacity software crashes just like any other application, there are instances that a program will crash. If the “Error locking temporary folder” always appears every time you launched the software, you need to delete a certain file which is the “lock file”. To delete this lock file you must go to “Podcast course”, enter “Audacity Applications” and go to “Temporary”. You will see the folder “audacity_temp” inside it delete the “audacity-lock-username” by pressing “Delete”. See the figure below.

                       the folder “audacity_temp” inside it delete the “audacity-lock-username” by pressing “Delete”

This should fix the error you’re encountering. Next time you will open Audacity, the error message “Error locking temporary folder” will not show up anymore.

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