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Hello

I have a batch file that i use to copy files to computers on our network.  the way it works is that it pings IP Addresses in a text file called ping.txt.  Those that it gets a reply from it enumerates into a yes.txt file.  I then run another batch file to copy certain files to those computers in the yes.txt file.  it works beatifully, but now i need to delete files and i dont know how to.

I need to a shorcut from the All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ folder that is called 'HelpDesk Self Service'

this is an example of the code i use to copy files... any help would be much appreciated...

** this copies the shortcut - which i now need to be removed and replaced
for /f "tokens=1" %%a in (yes.txt) do copy /y "\\192.168.12.1\shared\support\helpdesk\*.*" "\\%%a\c$\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs"

**this is just an example of another line in my batch file
for /f "tokens=1" %%a in (yes.txt) do copy /y "\\192.168.12.1\shared\support\Backup\backup.bat" "\\%%a\c$\windows\system32"
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To delete a file or files, you can replace the "copy srcfile destlocation" with "del destfile"

Using one of your samples, to remove the backup.bat files from the remote systems:
for /f "tokens=1" %%a in (yes.txt) do del "\\%%a\c$\windows\system32\backup.bat"

I'd also suggest being careful in your first sample, as you are using wildcards to copy all the files in the source directory. If you delete \\%%a\c$\Documents\*.* on the destination, you may end up deleting more files than you originally copied over.

- Eric
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thankyou, it was easier that i thought - not exactly sure why it didnt work the first time for me, but doing helpdesk*.* did the trick!  
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