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  1. Brink Win User

    Delete Folder in Windows 10


    How to: Delete Folder in Windows 10

    How to Delete a Folder in Windows 10


    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to delete a folder in Windows 10.

    *Warning Deleting a folder will also delete all contents inside the folder.

    *note Deleting a folder from a removable drive will be permanently deleted by default.

    *note Deleting a folder from an internal drive will be deleted to the empty the Recycle Bin.


    CONTENTS:




    OPTION ONE [/i] Delete Folder using Keyboard Shortcut
    1. While on your desktop (Win+D) or in File Explorer (Win+E), select the folder(s) you want to delete, and press the keys you want in the table below.
    [table][tr][td]Keyboard Shortcut[/td] [td]Action Performed[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]Ctrl+D[/td] [td]Delete to Recycle Bin[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]Del or Delete[/td] [td]Delete to Recycle Bin[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]Shift+Delete[/td] [td]Permanently delete[/td] [/tr] [/table]

    2. If you chose to permanently delete, then either click/tap on Yes, press Y, or press Enter to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION TWO [/i] Delete Folder from File Explorer Ribbon
    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Click/tap on Home tab. (see screenshot below)

    3. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to delete.

    4. Perform the action you want to do below:
    A) Click/tap on the Delete button in the ribbon to delete to Recycle Bin.

    OR

    B) Click/tap on the arrow under the Delete button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Recycle or Delete permanently in the drop menu for what you want.


    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    5. If you chose to permanently delete, then either click/tap on Yes, press Y, or press Enter to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION THREE [/i] Delete Folder from Context Menu
    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to delete.

    3. Perform the action you want to do below:

    A) Right click or press and hold on the selected folder(s), and either press the D key or click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    OR

    B) Press and hold Shift key and right click on the selected folder(s), release the Shift key, and either press the D key or click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION FOUR [/i] Permanently Delete Folder in PowerShell
    *note For more Remove-Item command usage details, see: Remove-Item | Microsoft Docs
    1. Open elevated PowerShell depending on the required rights to delete the folder you want.

    2. Type the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow Remove-Item -Path "Full path of folder" -Recurse -Force

    *note Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete.

    For example: Remove-Item -Path "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder" -Recurse -Force



    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. When finished, you can close the Powershell window if you like.





    OPTION FIVE [/i] Permanently Delete Folder in Command Prompt
    *note For more rd command usage details, see: rd | Microsoft Docs
    1. Open a elevated command prompt depending on the required rights to delete the folder you want.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow rd /s /q "Full path of folder"

    *note Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete.

    For example: rd /s /q "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder"



    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. When finished, you can close the command prompt window if you like.





    OPTION SIX [/i] Permanently Delete Folder in Command Prompt at Boot
    1. Boot to a command prompt at boot.

    2. To Verify Drive Letter the Folder is in at Boot
    *note The drive letter may not always be the same at boot as in Windows, so be sure to verify its drive letter before doing the command in step 3 below for this to work.
    A) Type diskpart into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    B) Type list volume into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    C) From the listed volumes, look for and verify the drive letter of the drive that includes the folder you want to delete.

    D) In the command prompt, type exit, and press Enter.


    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    3. To Delete the Folder
    A) Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    *Arrow rd /s /q "Full path of folder"

    *note Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete. Be sure to use the correct drive letter from step 2.

    For example: rd /s /q "D:\Windows.old"


    B) Close
    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    the command prompt.


    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    4. Click/tap on the Continue button to restart the computer and continue to Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

    Delete Folder in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, May 6, 2018
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  2. Trouble deleting a folder

    Thanks for the suggestion but it says "delete folder failed for E:\....." for each folder I try.

    *Confused Delete Folder in Windows 10 :confused:

    Will I be forever stuck with these unnecessary folders? *Oh Well Delete Folder in Windows 10 :eek:hwell:
     
    oli_ramsay, Oct 27, 2019
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  3. Anusha Win User
    C windows installer folder - Delete?

    He can do symbolic link redirection and move the files in it to a different location. *Wink Delete Folder in Windows 10 ;)
    Better try it out in a virtual of first. Just a suggestion.

    Like:
    First move everything in c:\windows\installer to d:\installercache
    Then delete c:\windows\installer folder
    Then type this in command mode as admin
    mklink /d c:\windows\installer d:\installercache

    Removing those installer files is a bad idea. it might prevent you from updating or uninstalling apps.
     
    Anusha, Oct 27, 2019
    #3
  4. Ahhzz Win User

    Delete Folder in Windows 10

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Oct 27, 2019
    #4
  5. topgundcp Win User
    Unable to delete a folder - Invalid folder name


    Suggestion:
    1. Run chkdsk x: /r to make sure that there's no HD corruption.
      x: is the drive containing the folder you want to delete.
    2. Try to delete the folder again. If still does not work, go to step 3.
    3. Download: Download - Linux Mint and create a bootable USB using: Rufus - Create bootable USB
    4. Boot up with Linux Mint and try to delete the folder again.
      NOTE: Unlike WinPE. Linux does not have any Windows permission imposed to it so it is easier to delete.
     
    topgundcp, Oct 27, 2019
    #5
  6. RoboX Win User
    Windows 8 - delete windows folders in another drive

    I have the problem (from Windows 8) to delete the folders windows and programs on a secondary disk on which it was 7 .... know how to get full control to delete those folders?
     
    RoboX, Oct 27, 2019
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