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.

How To Delete a Folder Using Command Prompt of Windows

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

  • August 25, 2018 at 10:10 am
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    Thanks ! It worked for me !

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  • September 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm
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    100% spot-on – THNX

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  • November 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    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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    • December 28, 2018 at 10:09 am
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      Try running the command from a console with administrative privileges.

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    • August 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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      open cmd as run as administrator

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  • December 28, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    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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    • December 28, 2018 at 10:11 am
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      Does the folder really exist in that path?

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  • January 16, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    how to set it automatically, it will delete folder for more than 2 days

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  • February 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    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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    • February 27, 2019 at 11:58 am
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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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  • March 20, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    rmdir /s /q
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.

    What am i doing wrong

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    • April 10, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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      You have to specify the path of the folder that shall be deleted. Please see the tutorial above for examples.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    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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    • April 10, 2019 at 11:59 am
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      Stop the application that is using the file before you delete the file.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    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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  • May 2, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Fail: cmd as admin, still “access denied”

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  • May 6, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    Got same error saying access denied even after running the command with administrative privileges.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    Yeah ! This command is running easily .

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  • May 28, 2020 at 6:24 pm
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    yes i did but not working

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  • June 22, 2020 at 2:13 am
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    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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  • June 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm
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    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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  • June 23, 2020 at 7:54 am
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    That example “My dumps”
    Thanks helped me flush my dump :v

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