What to do when deltree isn’t there

I was trying to delete a folder and all of its sub-folders and all their contents using Windows 7 64bit on a quad-core machine with 16GB RAM and an SSD, and it was taking FOREVER through the GUI.

Luckily I’m a geek, as such I’m very familiar with the command prompt — or I thought I was.

I opened up a command prompt (with administrative privileges), navigated to the parent folder of the folder I wanted to remove and typed deltree foldername (enter). What?! deltree isn’t a recognized command? When did that happen?! Stupid reliance on GUIs…

After a little research I came up with this:

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

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

So, RD /S /Q foldername (enter) and viola, I was done.


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