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Delete files older then a certain date from a folder

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I would like to automatically delete files from a certain folder that are older then a week old(for example) by using a batch file.
My OS is windows XP but I would also like to use it in windows 2000.

Is this possible and if so how
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by:Pete Long
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Tip Top - Asked this very question and I was answered (excellently) here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/MSDOS/Q_20956707.html
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Danny Child earned 500 total points
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for a less scripty solution, try the FORFILES.EXE server resource kit tool
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBL/tip5600/rh5645.htm

example:
FORFILES -pc:\foldername -s -m*.* -d-7 -c"CMD /C del @FILE"

-p = path
-s = include subdirs
-m = match filetype
-d = age in days (can also be set as an absolute date ie DDMMYYYY) note that - or + can be used here
-c = command to execute

there's also a -v Verbose switch
note, no spaces between the switches and their qualifiers above!
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by:Danny Child
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you can get the file here
http://www.dynawell.com/reskit/microsoft/win2000/forfiles.zip

sheduled task to run the script should do it nicely!
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dbdp - hows it going with all this?
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