The order with which files and folders are deleted.

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Can anybody tell me the order windows uses when a user deletes a folder?

For example, say I have a folder which contains many different levels of subfolders and files. If a user clicks delete on the folder then in what order does Windows start deleting the contents? I know that the actual folder is the last thing to be deleted but haven't a clue what goes on in between!

Any links to knowledge base articles which give more details on this would be appreciated.

Question by:metamatic
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    Accepted Solution

    This is actually very interesting. Windows deletes files and folder based on the current view working chronologically. For example if you delete a folder that holds 10 files and have your current view sort by date it would delete the newest file first. Then the next and so on until all the files are gone and then it would delete the folder. As windows deletes it deletes the deepest folder in a file structure first.

    Sorry could not find a kb on this.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply. A KB article would have been nice but from my own experience there doesn't seem to be much about.

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