When mapping a collection to a local folder in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, I was getting the error:

The working folder … is already in use by the workspace … on computer …




To solve this problem I had to delete the workspace:

  1. Close Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.
  2. Open en command prompt in Administrator mode.
  3. cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE"
  4. tf workspace /delete /server: MyComputerName;MyDomain\MyUserName
  5. Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Mapping to local folder should now work.


For more information:




To list all workspace use:

tf workspaces /owner:* /computer:* /server:

To list detailed information on all workspaces, use:

tf workspaces /server: /computer:MyComputerName /owner:* /format:detailed



In a specific case, deleting the workspace on the client was not enough. I had to execute the same command on the TFS server itself to delete both the client and de server workspace.


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