Application file lock after debugging with Visual Studio 2012

I had a small WPF application that I was developing and every time I would stop it, make a quick small change then restart it would wait for a file lock then fail.

error message is : error LNK1168: cannot open [Yourfile].exe for writing

i.e. Visual Studio said it couldn’t open the file for writing. I just got used to waiting for about 30-60 seconds each iteration hoping the lock would go away. It was always the system that had the file handle.

Well, it seems that the issue was related to the fact I disabled the Application Experience service.

How random, right? Well, reenabling it has stopped the issue, for now.

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Happy Coding!

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