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Windows 7: Custom .bat .cmd files creation help.

14 Sep 2011   #11

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Thanks guys. I will look into this. One more thing: is there a batch file command to delete all files named i.e "XYZ.EXT" on whole drive "C:\" and subfolders? For example if I wanted to delete all *.tmp files on C:\ without pointing to each folder and subfolder.

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14 Sep 2011   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

This is the help for del command on Command window or in a batch file.

C:\>del /?
Deletes one or more files.
DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names
ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/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.

You can use the command
Del C:\*.tmp /S /Q

to delete all the temp files with extension tmp on C: drive and all the subdirectories (/S) and without asking you for confirmation (/Q).

To change the drive replace C: with the correct drive letter.
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14 Sep 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

How do I delete the "desktop.ini" files. I've tried the line
"del /s /q /F "C:\desktop.ini" and it doesn't work. It deletes only some of the desktop.ini files not all of them (not talking about the Windows protected desktop.ini files).
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14 Sep 2011   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Desktop.ini files are used for customizing things like the folder's icon and localized name. Usually they have a system and hidden attributes set so that they are not visible.These files are small files and does not take up much space and best left alone.

I used to clean the desktop.ini and thumbs.db in Windows XP very religiously. But got fed-up as these files are getting created by windows again on next reboot. Hence just set the protected operating system files to be hidden and show hidden files and folders....(out of sight - out of mind). In Windows 7 I stopped bothering about these files.

If you still wants to delete these files try the below commands.
attrib -h -s C:\desktop.ini /S
del C:\desktop.ini /S /Q
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14 Sep 2011   #15

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64

If ANY of the sytem files bother me, it's those damn thumbs.db files. Trying to delete a folder that contains (or even contained) any type a graphic - especially across systems - one computer to another - is a PITA.

STILL: Windows 7 is a good OS and the thumbs data bases help speed up browsing folders. INI files are important too, and store display information. I find it best to NOT display hidden files, and also keep hidden protected files and Windows seems to function pretty well. Only when I am really re-arranging things do the thumbs files give me grief.

Best Wishes, and be careful with that DEL command,
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