TheTOM_SK

Batch file to remove files & folders?

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Hi, I have tried to get batch working for months, but nothing was not able to tell, what to do, even Google failed. Then I have found The Avenger and I used that one on XP to remove files, but since I have moved to Vista and that software does not work there, I have the same problem as I had before. I just need to know, how does it work, so I would be able to edit it. If you have any idea, please write it down.

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I have tried to get batch working for months

WHICH batch file? :blink:

jaclaz

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Any batch files I have found around, even that one created by the avenger.

But it looks, like it just does not like me and it never works, no matter what.

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Yep, and possbly under which operating system you are trying to run them....

jaclaz

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what are you trying to remove?

I did a clean instal of WinXP about once per week and The Avenger helped me to get rid of files like WMP's network sharing and other junk. An examle from Vista:

C:\Users\...\Favorites\Links
C:\Users\...\Favorites\Microsoft Websites
C:\Windows\Prefetch
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution

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You still havent posted the code you are using, cant help you until you do that.

Jim

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I folowed tutorial like this one and even simple bat did not work:

DELTREE C:\NewFolder
DR

I would never try to use bat, but removing files one by one take houres. sad.gif

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Well for starters deltree does not exist in windows xp or vista.

To delete files from subdirectory trees use del /s names

Deletes one or more files.

DEL [/P][/F] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

ERASE [/P] [/F] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

names Specifies a list of one or more files or directories.

Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a

directory is specified, all files within the directory

will be deleted.

/P Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file.

/F Force deleting of read-only files.

/S Delete specified files from all subdirectories.

/Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard

/A Selects files to delete based on attributes

attributes R Read-only files S System files

H Hidden files A Files ready for archiving

- Prefix meaning not

If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows:

The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows

you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.

to delete the directory tree and its contents use RD /s path

Removes (deletes) a directory.

RMDIR [/Q] [drive:]path

RD [/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

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Thanks for the detail description IcemanND.

I tried various command, but it did not work:

RD [/S] [/Q] C:\New Folder
RD [/S] [/Q] [C:]New Folder
RD [/S] [/Q] [C:\New Folder]
RD [/S] [/Q] [drive:] C:\New Folder

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the brackets denote optional parameters.

RD /S /Q C:\New Folder

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Thanks, but it does not work. Hmm, I have just read, that bat only marks it as removed, so new files can rewrite it, but it is not actually removed. Or maybe Vista just does not handle bat properly. confused.gif

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I changed bat to cmd and it does not work (screen). :(

I wonder, if there is any freeware software, which can remove folders and files like The Avenger does? I do not care, if it is bat or a software as long as it will do its job.

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