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delete files in a folder excluding some sub folders

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I have a folder with various exe, dll, dat etc files in and 2 subfolders. i want to empty this folder of it files but leave the folders.
how can I do this via command line? I have 500 win7 computers to do this on.
I really want a single command rather than del *.exe
del *.dll
etc for each computer.
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by:thombeck
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if the folder contains no subfolder, you can use
del c:\Temp\*.* (if c:\Temp\ is the folder)
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by:thombeck
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sry for the posting, here is the correct meaning:


if you only want to delete the file in folder ; not in the subfolder, you can use
del c:\Temp\*.* (if c:\Temp\ is the folder)
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by:aboo_s
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are all the computers identical ? do they all have the same file structure?
If so you can create an autoexec.bat file that you can put on a usb drive and
move the usb drive between all the computers.

The autoexec.bat should of course hold all the command sequence:

del *.bat
del *.exe
etc..

you can create this file using windows' notepad.
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if you want to delete all files and all files from all subfolders, then use
del c:\TEMP\*.* /S /Q

--> the switch /s deletes all files from folder and from all subfolders
--> the switch /q disable the question for confirmation to delete

(can also be added if you want to delete the files only from the folder)
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by:Bill Prew
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The DEL command can take multiple file names/patterns as well, so you can do:

del /s /q "c:\basedir\*.exe" "c:\basedir\*.dll"

~bp
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