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Thread: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

  1. #1
    Jack Guest

    How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    Hello,
    In the old good days there was a 'deltree' command (DOS & Win98) to delete
    folder with subfolders from the command line.
    Now, I need that to do in Vista.
    How to do that?
    Jack



  2. #2
    Jack Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    Forgot to add.
    I am right now starring at command prompt produced by Vista DVD installation
    disk in repair mode.
    I have access to that DVD and to c:\Windows folder which is XP windows.
    Jack

  3. #3
    Keith Miller \(MVP\) Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    C:\Users\Keith>rd /?
    Removes (deletes) a directory.

    RMDIR [/S] [/Q] [drive:]path
    RD [/S] [/Q] [drive:]path

    /S Removes all directories and files in the specified directory
    in addition to the directory itself. Used to remove a directory
    tree.

    /Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to remove a directory tree with /S

  4. #4
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    Hi, Jack.

    How about: rd /s

    Rd is Remove Directory, of course, and the /s switch removes all the
    subfolders, too. As usual in the Command Prompt window (which we old-timers
    still call the "DOS window" even though we know it's not really DOS), type
    the command followed by /? for what I call a mini-Help file that shows the
    switches and parameters available with the command. Rd offers only a
    couple: /s and /q.

    It's a little surprising - to me, at least - that rd won't work if there are
    files in the folder, but rd /s will.

  5. #5
    Jack Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    That removes only empty folders!

  6. #6
    Jack Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    Thanks.
    I have tried rd and rmdir and both told me that folders are not empty.
    Stupid me, forgot about switches!

  7. #7
    Jack Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    sorry, forgot about switches!

  8. #8
    Keith Miller \(MVP\) Guest

    Re: How to delete folder from the command prompt?

    Glad to help.

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    Good Luck,

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