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How to delete all folders in a directory using a batch file?

Posted on 2008-06-18
Last Modified: 2008-06-19
I am trying to wirte a batch file which copies then deletes all files and folders from the Desktop when logging in.

I have used xcopy to copy everything in a set location and am able to delete all the files but not the folders.

We are using XP.

Any help would be great,

Question by:mce-man-it
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Expert Comment

ID: 21812352
The deltree  command will delete a folder and all subfolders.
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glenn_1984 earned 250 total points
ID: 21812406
rd drive:\folder /s

rd is remove directory...which also removes the files

Author Comment

ID: 21812432
When i use the deltree command i get the error 'this is not recognized as an internal or external command'

Also i didnt mention we wont know the name of the folders we want to delete.

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Expert Comment

ID: 21812451
del /Q *.*
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Expert Comment

ID: 21812453
would delete all files in the c:\tempemp directory
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Expert Comment

ID: 21812454
In a batch file...

  @echo Syntax is  rdir drive:\folder
   rd %1 /s
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Expert Comment

ID: 21812520
you need to know the folder name.
If you just want to delete files from whatever folder they are in, go to the root of the drive and type
del filename.ext /s /q


del *.ext /s /q

Author Comment

ID: 21812858
Thanks for all your answers. It is now working with 'rd c:\Documents and Settings\User\desktop /s' .

But even though shortcut icons are in the all users desktop folder it deletes them aswell.

Any reasons why?

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Expert Comment

ID: 21816801
A shortcut is just that. It is not the exact same as a direct icon link to an actual program.
If the actual folder is deleted, the shortcut to it is useless.

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