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Windows XP - DOS command - net use /delete how to force deletion even if files are in use

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At the command prompt (Windows XP system), if I type in the command:

net use x: /delete /y

it will delete the drive mapping, but only if not in use.

is there a way to force the deletion *even if files are in use*??
(i know this can lead to other issues, but there is a specific reason why we need to do this).

thanks in advance.

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Question by:sah18
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by:Chris James
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by:Lee W, MVP
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dj_ludachris.

You should know by now, you're not new here - posting of links alone is not appropriate without some kind of explanation... and your link alone is a help file for NET USE without addressing the actual question, as near as I can tell.

sah18,

You can use the openfiles command to close any existing open files and then use the net use command to disconnect the drive.
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you  can do this with VB script

the parameter bForce will remove the drive even if it is in use
Dim WshNetwork
on error resume next
Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
WshNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive ("T:", bForce)

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To expand on leew's answer:

try:    openfiles /disconnect /id *

and then use your net use command to disconnect the drive.


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by:jvick69
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I know this is an old problem, but another way I just found is to change directories back to c: before your net use delete.
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