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Need to delete a windows folder via script for many computers

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Experts,

I have a folder called Test.
The location path is: C:\Program Files\Test.

Inside the Test folder I have a whole bunch of programs that I don't need.

I need to delete this "Test" folder in over 100+ computers and I don't want to do it manually.

My question:
1. Is there a bat file or a script that anyone can share that I can run via the network.
( I have network admin rights)
2. I need to delete the folder and all of its content.  (no need to backup )

Thank you,
R
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by:telczj9
ID: 37727602
You could use inside a batch file:

rmdir /q /s \\computer-name\c$\progra~1\test

The line above and just copy it over and over replacing the computer_name.

Flag /q is for quiet
Flag /s is for removing sub-directories

If you have the computer names in a file you save the time of copy/paste with this in a batch file:

@echo off

For %%I in (file_name_with_computer_names.txt) do (
rmdir /q /s \\%%i\c$\progra~1\test
)

Cheers!
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by:RandallVillalobos
ID: 37727842
Hi telczj9,

Thanks for your help!  
I do have a list of all the computer names, but forgive my lack of knowledge.
I am not following the example all the way.

Lets say that my text files is called "ComputersR.txt"  (I'm attaching the text file to verify)

Is the following syntax correct running an exact copy paste?

@echo off

For %%I in (ComputersR.txt) do (
rmdir /q /s \\%%i\c$\progra~1\test
)
ComputersR.txt
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telczj9 earned 500 total points
ID: 37727859
oh! I missed one flag "F" on the for statement:

@echo off

for /f %%I in (ComputersR.txt) do (
echo "Working on: %%i
rmdir /q /s \\%%i\c$\progra~1\test
)

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make sure that this batch file is in the same directory as the "ComputersR.txt" file.

Cheers!
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by:RandallVillalobos
ID: 37727869
Awesome telczj9 , I'm going to open up another question based on this script in case you want to see it.
Thanks a bunch
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by:telczj9
ID: 37727871
note that the syntax:

\\computer_name\C$\....

assumes that the account where you will run the batch file has admin access to all those servers.

I enhance the route below to check if the directory exist then remove it, this should limit unexpected messages....

@echo off

FOR /F %%a in (ComputersR.txt) do (
  echo Working on: %%a
  IF EXIST \\%%a\c$\progra~1\test (
    echo Found target directory
    rmdir /q /s \\%%a\c$\progra~1\test
  ) ELSE (
    echo did not find target directory
  )
)

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enjoy.
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