“With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues – just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you – on your phone or computer or a TV with Skype on it. It is free to start using Skype – to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example. You can even try out group video, with the latest version of Skype.
If you open the folder with your Skype user name you will see several SQLite database files and some of them might have companion files associated with the ending –jornal and .lock. For example you may see main.db, main.db-journal and main.lock. All the “-journal” and .lock files are temporary and can be deleted. This file has to be deleted when the user quits Skype, due to some kind of program crash this file doesn’t deletes itself.
The main.lock file can be found in C:UserswindowsusernameAppDataRoamingSkypeskypeusernamemain.lock file and file size is 0 bytes. For easy access to the User Application data folder, type %appdata% in windows run menu box or in the windows search box in start menu. Sometimes this file is locked by Skype and it cannot be deleted. If we cannot delete this file we cannot log in to the Skype even we re-install the Skype several times. And for Windows XP C:documents and settingsuserApplication dataSkypeskypeusername folder.
To fix this severe issue of Skype log in failure, we cannot fix until the disk formatting to remove the main.lock file. So I had found another simple method to recover the Skype files without deleting, rename the Skype folder from the windows Applications data folder to any other name as you like, before renaming the folder you should quit or end all process of Skype, make sure that Skype or its instance are not running, if any instance is running we cannot rename the folder as it is locked by Skype application. After renaming the folder, just run the Skype program to work as usual, and log in with Skype username and password. After that you can copy the history files from the old renamed folder to newly created Skype user name folder, it should work.