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    delete files already in use

    hi !
    i was doing a batch to delete somes programs but somes of them seems to be already in use..
    then i can't delete them with the command :
    rd c:\directory\files\/q /s
    this command delete those how are not in use..
    then how tu delete and totally erase all files in or not in use ?
    thanks for support
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    you have to be in true DOS mode to delete files that are in use, can't do it from windows box
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    At least you cannot do it using DOS/Windows commands.

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    ha, i didn't read very well:
    >>then how tu delete and totally erase all files in or not in use ?


    so you want everything gone? then don't use delete, use format
    that'll get rid of everything in use or not in use (if in a windows session, reboot to DOS first).
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    You must restart computer in Command prompt only as the other people said, but it is easier to use deltree /y command (this DOS program is located in WINDOWS\COMMAND).

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    Re: delete files already in use

    Originally posted by 6poo
    hi !
    i was doing a batch to delete somes programs but somes of them seems to be already in use..
    then i can't delete them with the command :
    rd c:\directory\files\/q /s
    this command delete those how are not in use..
    then how tu delete and totally erase all files in or not in use ?
    thanks for support
    ++
    Let's think about this. The file is in use means a program is running that is using the file. And you want to delete the file the program is using?

    Assume you are a program and the file is a ladder. Would you like it if someone took the ladder while you were using it? What do you think would happen?
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    actually i think he actually meant deleting the program itself while it was running. Which you can't do.
    I'm not completely sure, his post is kind of broken, but I think he meant
    >>totally erase all files in or not in use
    so that sounds like a format to me.
    I think he's gone though, otherwise we would have heard back from him.
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