How To Delete a Folder Using Command Prompt of Windows

To delete a folder using command prompt of windows, follow this procedure.

  1. Open a command prompt (Press the windows icon key and R to open the run window). Type cmd and hit enter from the keyboard.
  2. On a command prompt, enter the following command and hit enter from the keyboard.

Syntax:

rmdir /s <complete path of folder suppose>

When your path contains spaces, then the path must be enclosed in quotation marks.

Example:

rmdir /s "C:\Users\karim\Desktop\My Dumps"

That's it.

28 thoughts on “How To Delete a Folder Using Command Prompt of Windows”

  1. C:\Users\Marcel2>cd ..\..\Program Files
    C:\Program Files>rmdir /s EqualizerAPO
    EqualizerAPO, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
    EqualizerAPO\EqualizerAPO.dll – Access is denied.
    EqualizerAPO\libfftw3f-3.dll – Access is denied.
    EqualizerAPO\libsndfile-1.dll – Access is denied.
    EqualizerAPO\msvcp120.dll – Access is denied.
    EqualizerAPO\msvcr120.dll – Access is denied.
    Access is denied.

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  2. I followed your steps completely, yet I still get an error (“…” is in the place of sensitive information, my real name is the user, with a space in between):

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>rmdir /s C:\Users\…\AppData\Local\Discord
    C:\Users\…, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    …\AppData\Local\Discord, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y
    The system cannot find the path specified.

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  3. C:\Program Files (x86)>rmdir /s Epic Games
    Epic, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
    The system cannot find the file specified.
    Games, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
    The system cannot find the file specified.

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    • if you need to delete a folder that has spaces in the name then you need to encompass the full path in quotation marks “”, windows sees the space as a break in the command and thinks the next thing after it is another command, but by surrounding the full path in quotation marks “” it reads the full path within them, spaces included, so it should look like below

      rmdir /s “c:\Program Files\folder name”

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  4. The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    Same it is not working for me. Windows 10

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  5. I chose “run as admin” and entered the prompt,
    typed: rmdir /s E:\Lixo
    still access denied
    I’m trying to delete the “windows” folder from an old hd
    any tips?
    Cheers

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  6. Thanks so much for your instructions. I had been to other sites, looking for instructions on how to delete a folder in the Command Prompt that I could not delete by right clicking and selecting delete. I kept getting “The system can not find the file specified.” or “The system can not find the path specified.” Your site was the only one which explained that you have to enclose the path in quotation marks, if there are any spaces. That was my problem. One of the folders in the path had a space in the title.

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  7. I ran the program both with command prompt and as a system administrator but it did not work yet. access denied
    C:\Windows\system32>rmdir /s “C:\Users\USER\Downloads\messengerfordesktop-setup_0544956837.exe”
    C:\Users\USER\Downloads\messengerfordesktop-setup_0544956837.exe, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y
    Access is denied.

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  8. OMG! After searching for eons finding a way to delete some empty folders that apparently were an issue for windows I finally found your explanation on how to use this command in the CMD prompt!
    It worked! Hallelujah! This old lady finally now knows how to remove folders that are more headstrong then myself! Thank you!

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  9. how to copy copy specific folder like
    c:\user\admin\desktop (i want to compeletely copy desktop file not thoose file which is inside the desktop)
    i use this cmd
    xcopy c:\user\admin\desktop e:\data
    (but not copy desktop. thoose file are coppied which is inside the desktop folder.)

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