Cannot uninstall IntelliJ IDEA as it thinks it is running

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When I attempt to uninstall IntelliJ IDEA, I receive the following error message:

C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2016.2.5\bin is running. Close the application and retry the installation.

IntelliJ is not open, nor are any other JetBrains applications. I checked the list of running processes, and I did not see any that would be related to IntelliJ.

When IntelliJ, it does not seem to be removing previously installed versions. I currently have the following list of versions installed, but I would only like to keep the latest. I receive a similar error message no matter which version I attempt to uninstall.

IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2016.2.5 (162.2228.15)
IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2016.3 (163.7743.44)
IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2016.3.2 (163.10154.41)

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It looks like some IDEA files were locked in the same way if IDEA would be running. So may I ask you to restart your computer and try to uninstall again, please?

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I'm seeing the same problem. Restarting the computer made no difference. The uninstaller is running in the same directory that it's complaining about (C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2017.1.2\bin) which seems suspicious. 

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Managed to get it to uninstall by going to C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2017.1.2\bin then right click the uninstaller and choose Run As Admin.

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I can confirm that you must be running as admin. A restart didn't help for me (not for PyCharm, nor Webstorm). Running as admin did the trick.

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As this is apparently not tracked by JetBrains at all when only reported through the Community Forums, I opened an issue in YouTrack over here: https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-200483

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I ran into this problem. But no java processes were running.

The issue was that I had an open terminal window in the directory it was trying to uninstall.

So all I had to do to resolve it was cd out of the directory.

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I hit this issue when trying to uninstall an old version while installing an updated version. I restarted my computer and then realized that I had PHPstorm pinned to my taskbar. Removing that shortcut got rid of the noted error.

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