Need a way to delete files from a directory, I only want to keep the newest 40 files

I have a program that downloads images every 6 minutes, and the directory grows to be huge and stalls out the computer.   but I only want to keep the newest images, I only want to keep 30 of the newest images.  

I want a simple .bat script that I will call with a cron job, that would check the directory c:/satelit and delete  the older files   they are time stampe

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Try this:

cd/d C:\your_directory
for /f "skip=30 delims=" %i in ('dir /b /od') do del "%i"

Hope it helps.

Try this.
Set NumOfFilesToKeep=30
Set Directory=C:\Files
FOR /f "Skip=%NumofFilesToKeep% tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /o-d /b "%Directory%"') do ECHO DEL /q "%Directory%\%%a"

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cctaco2Author Commented:
cd/d C:\processed_satelite
for /f "skip=100 delims=" %i in ('dir /b /od') do del "%i"

I placed the script into notepad and saved it as a process.bat and it didn't see to work properly

did I miss something, I'm skipping I think 100 of the newestfiles?
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cctaco2Author Commented:
i typed in the commands and got a error

in not expected at this time
I tried it on XP and it worked. What OS are you using?
cctaco2Author Commented:
Amazaing tech,

Set NumOfFilesToKeep=10
Set Directory=C:\processed_satelite
FOR /f "Skip=%NumofFilesToKeep% tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /o-d /b "%Directory%"') do ECHO DEL /q "%Directory%\%%a"

It's not removing the files from the directory, I see it create a ms-dos box and the commands just fly by and then it closes.

This may have some bearing on it the file name is


You have to remove the 'echo' from AmazingTech's solution...
cctaco2Author Commented:
I'm using windows xp

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