Renaming problems

I often have problems renaming a file or folder and get an error.  When I click try again it just does the same thing.  Is there a way to force windows to rename the file or folder if I don't know what program is using it without having to reboot?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Where is the file / folder located?  You will have problems in a modern machine renaming files in Program Files and some Windows folders.

Also, open CMD.EXE with Run as Administrator and run REN to rename the file.   REN /?  to see what it does.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>> if I don't know what program is using it without having to reboot?

By this sentence I'm guessing the error is that the file is in use.  You can get a program like unlocker:

You can find the program locking the file and kill that process with procmon from Sysinternals:

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