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Rmdir - removed long file & folder paths ๐Ÿ“ in command prompt

Rmdir (rd)

Removes (that is, deletes) a directory.


rmdir [Drive:]Path [/s] [/q]
rd [Drive:]Path [/s] [/q]


[Drive:]Path: Specifies the location and name of the directory that you want to delete.

/s: Removes the specified directory and all subdirectories including any files. Use /s to remove a tree.

/q: Runs rmdir in quiet mode. Deletes directories without confirmation.

/?: Displays help at the command prompt.


  • Using rmdir at the Recovery Console

The rmdir command, with different parameters, is available from the Recovery Console.

  • Cannot delete directory with hidden or system files

You cannot delete a directory that contains files, including hidden or system files. If you attempt to do so, the following message appears:

The directory not empty

Use the dir command to list hidden and system files, and the attrib command to remove hidden and system attributes from files.

  • Using the backslash character with the path parameter

If you insert a backslash () before the first directory name in path, the directory is treated as a subdirectory of the root directory, regardless of your current directory. If you do not insert a backslash before the first directory name in path, the directory is treated as a subdirectory of the current directory.

  • Deleting the current directory

You cannot use rmdir to delete the current directory. You must first change to a different directory (not a subdirectory of the current directory) and then use rmdir with a path. If you attempt to delete the current directory, the following message appears:

The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.


To delete a directory named UserSmith, first ensure that the directory is empty. To do this, type:

dir usersmith /a

Only the . and .. symbols should display.

Then, from any directory except UserSmith, type:

rmdir usersmith

To delete the directory User and all of the subdirectories and files, type:

rmdir /s user

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Italic Information that the user must supply
Bold Elements that the user must type exactly as shown
Ellipsis (...) Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line
Between brackets ([]) Optional items
Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe ( ). Example: {even
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roachhd commented Jan 4, 2015

Originally I tried the del command, but that didn't work. Then I remembered rmdir. Doing the following:

rmdir /S /Q <dir>

seems to have worked.

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I tired using the Long Path Tool instead of doing it with codes. It was very easy to do. It worked perfectly for me.

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