How do you clear a "open in another prgm"

I am frequently confronted by this message when trying to delete, or rename.  

The first thing i do is close all running programs; then shut down, and reopen Explorer, and I still get it. I didn't reboot because I thought there should be an easier way.  

I will reboot after I post this.  If that works great but I don't want to have to reboot every time I get this message; unless I have to.
mikecox_Asked:
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MontoyaProcess Improvement MgrCommented:
do you have a file in your startup folder? Sounds like you have a file there that has no file association with it.
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n2fcCommented:
There is a neat little (and FREE) utility called "unlocker"...

It will show you the program that is locking the offending file, and give you options as to what you might wish to do to clear it as well!

Download it from here:
http://filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

Just make sure that you ONLY install the utility, as the download may attempt to install other utilities (toolbars) as well that you probably DON'T want! (Click "advanced" option during install to de-select optional toolbars)...
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox--
There are several ways to do this.
Four are given here (you can see which posts are successful answers by the number at the top right of the post).
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/how-to-delete-a-file-that-is-currently-open-in/ad0c3c7c-eca5-4a1c-a68d-e3f4adb1d394
The most successful answer is essentially to delete the offending file by using a command prompt.  Excruciating detail how to do this is in the post by John Madsen.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
jc

I like this very direct approach and followed it until I got here:

Go back to the task manager and click on the tab called programs
and click on new job in the lower left corner and type explorer

My Task Manager doesn't have a "program tab".

I think the best option would be to use the "down and dirty" software; if that fails then dig in here.
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox--
Sorry. It should read Applications tab and click "New Task" button at bottom right .
However, Matsoman's approach advises open "Task Manager, go to processes, highlight the file you want to delete and click the "End Process" button. You can now delete it."

P.S. When Unlocker works it does a fine job.  It is not always consistent.  And as has been mentioned, it will (try to) download other programs when you download and install it.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
jc Ok, I'm confused /-:

Is this the quote you are referring to; by John Madson?

Go back to the task manager and click on the tab called programs
and click on new job in the lower left corner and type explorer

Of course there is no "Program" tab, but "Applications" would seem to be the most obvious alternative; but of course there is no Explorer option there.  There is a New Task option, where I could "Open" Explorer and find the program I want to delete.

I could also try "Processes" where there is an "End process" option
AS for the "other programs" problem; it's so common that here's a term for it; which I can't recall. So I always pay very close attention when downloading "free" stuff; because I know there will be an attempt made to dump other, often annoying, stuff.
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox--
Sorry to have confused you.
It is Matsoman's post which says
"open "Task Manager, go to processes, highlight the file you want to delete and click the "End Process" button. You can now delete it."
That sounds like a likely procedure to work.
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Concerning  John Madsen' s post "Go back to the task manager and click on the tab called programs
 and click on new job in the lower left corner and type explorer "

In http:#a40246829 I posted
Sorry. It should read Applications tab and click "New Task" button at bottom right .
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Actually there was no "Best Answer".  I tend to go the  "DIY" route the cap to an "app". I'm glad to have both options.
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jcimarronCommented:
mikecox_--
Glad to have helped.
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