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Windows 7: command line to delete folder contents

05 Aug 2012   #11

Win7 Ultimate x32

Still no obvious deletion of ANY files. I repeat that 'manually' I CAN clear the folder, but not by code (in a batch file).

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05 Aug 2012   #12

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

The only way that I know how to do it via a batch file involves messing with folder permissions... maybe someone else knows of a safer way.
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05 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sebastian42 View Post
I repeat that 'manually' I CAN clear the folder, but not by code (in a batch file).
Pretty sure UsernameIssues is correct on this. If you are using Explorer to manually clean that folder I think all that's really happening is that you are cleaning files from 4 different folders that actually reside one level deeper.

If you look at that folder's contents offline (without Windows running) you'll see it only contains one file (that index.dat file) and a bunch of randomly named folders. I think 4 of those folders contain the temporary files you're deleting. The rest of those folders seem to be "decommissioned" folders containing even older temporary files.
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05 Aug 2012   #14

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Sebastian42, I don't use a computer with W7. I have a couple of W7 virtual machines that I can play with and learn from and a few W7 computers that I support. I've used a script to clear IE's data for many years, but I don't know enough about W7 to know what needs to be changed in my script tn order to accomplish what you need.

The script calls a line like this: RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351
and then the script handles things that the "ClearMyTracksByProcess" call does not clear.

If you want to run that line inside a batch file, you may see a window popup showing you the progress of the cleanup - it depends on how many files there are to be cleaned and the speed of your computer - you might not see that window.

There are lots of web pages detailing the flags that can be used with this command.
The flag would be the 4351 part of:
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

If you do not want to see the progress window, try:
RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 23035

None of this clears all of the info inside DOMStore and I don't know if that DOM info is what might be causing you problems inside WLM or not. Clearing the IE data via the regular user interface can clear the DOM info. My attempts to ferret out more knowledge about the flags used with ClearMyTracksByProcess via Process Monitor has not yielded the magic flag for clearing that DOM data yet.
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05 Aug 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709

This might do what you want.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
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05 Aug 2012   #16

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sebastian42 View Post
....I repeat that 'manually' I CAN clear the folder, but not by code (in a batch file).
Could you please post a screenshot of the files that you see before you do this manual cleanup.
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