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Delete the same files for multiple users

Posted on 2014-12-16
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I have a terminal server running Windows 2008 R2 with about 100 users.  On each user's desktop, there is a folder.  I need to schedule a weekly batch file to delete the files inside of this folder for all users.

For one user, I can use this simple batch file:
     cd C:\Users\<username>\Desktop\ToBeDeleted
     Del *.* /Q

Is it possible to delete the contents of the "ToBeDeleted" folder for all users - all folders that are in C:\Users?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Problem is, unless you've modified the permissions, they prevent even admins from casually deleting files/folders within the user profile in 2008 and later.  IF you DO modify the permissions, you can use a for command to cycle through all the folders.

for /f %a in ('dir /ad /b c:\users\') do @del c:\users\%a\desktop\ToBeDeleted

(note, if you use that in a batch file, you need to double the percents - %%a)
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That works perfectly.  Thanks for the help.
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