A batch to delete a folder and all its contants

Posted on 2014-03-09
Last Modified: 2014-04-01
Hi Experts,

I am looking for a .bat process to delete automatically unnecessary files from a specific folder then empty the Recycle bin too.

for example :

It will check the time if its 2AM than delete the folder in C;/test
then delete the all to emptied the windows recycle bin,

I want execute the .bat in windows 7.

Thanks in advance for your prompt response.
Question by:alam747
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telczj9 earned 250 total points
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del /q /s c:\temp

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Will delete c:\temp and all its contents without even using the recycle bin.

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by:Scott Thomson
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further to the comment above posted by " telczj9"

You could use a scheduled task to set for 2:00am

otherwise you would have this bat file running at login through startup?
- if the machine is not on at said time would you want it to start again as soon as possible??

can you explain instead of just "what you want" and give more of an example of your end goal? what you are asking for directly can certainly be done but it is also better to define the problem and have someone give you all possible solutions than give someone a request and there could be a better way.

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Would you please explain in detail how to do it using scheduled task as you mentioned ?
Suppose I want it to run at 2:AM and if the machine is not on said time want to start again soon as possible. -- To do that would you please explain in details where to put the above .bat and how to set it up.

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Go to scheduled tasks on control panel, depending on your operating system--which Windows do you have. Here is a you tube video that is a good place to start, to give you a basic idea Note in the open advanced properties when done and then go to the setting tab and select "run as soon as possible" after schedules task is missed (win 7 and later)
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You can also create a a scheduled tasks using a command line, initially it is more complicated to learn but once you have one that works you can quickly and easily add others, interested? Command Line SchTasks and here are a bunch of good examples
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by:Scott Thomson
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yeah the youtube video is a great start lionelmm and with the correct oprtating system etc we can specify further exactly how to set it up although its pretty simple once you watch the video i think.

if need be i will do a step by step with screenshots for you.

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Hi telczj9,

I test in commnad line but its delete files under \temp but not the folders itself

would you please advise the command to delete folders and subfolder including file

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lionelmm earned 250 total points
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rd c:\temp /s/q
that will delete the folder c:\temp and all it's files and folder under it.

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thanks a lot

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