ms-dos command to delete a non empty dir in windows xp

sir,
plz tell the ms-dos command to delete a non empty directory in windows xp.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
RD /S DirName

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paraghsDy General ManagerCommented:
Get deltree.exe from http://www.techadvice.com/W95/S/start-up_disk_w95.htm.

The command is :
deltree /y dirname
Michael PfisterCommented:
rd Dirname /q/s

suppresses also the confirmation prompt. use wih caution!
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
paraghs, Deltree does not exist in XP - why would you download another program when RD works fine?
paraghsDy General ManagerCommented:
Lee,
You are right that RD command works, and is available with Windows 2000/XP.
Deltree is just another option :)

Original RD command (upto DOS 6.0) was designed to remove only empty directories, and DELTREE was then created to remove directories full of files.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
DELTREE doesn't exist in XP and besides, XP and 9x/DOS are based on two different technologies.
roadhog_NZCommented:
my question would be why are you not just deleting it from xp? is there a problem?

jdraggiCommented:
Take the hard drive out and put it in a second machine, delete & repair then put back ... it will be quicker than finding an old alternate to deltree.  :)

Otherwise del .
"y" for yes to all
let it delete
then rmdir (name of dir)

you will have to do a dir
to get the 8.3 name of the dos dir to delete
most-likely it will be somena~1.rad or somena~2

so after you remove all the files you can remove the directory... do not forget that all sub dirs have to be removed manually if you don't find a deltree substitute.  :(



--John
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