Removes (that is,
deletes) a directory.
Specifies the location and name of the
directory that you want to delete.
Removes the specified directory and all
subdirectories including any files. Use /s to remove
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. For more
information, see Related Topics.
- 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
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 \User\Smith, first ensure that the directory
is empty. To do this, type:
Only the "." and
".." symbols should display.
Then, from any
directory except \User\Smith, type:
To delete the
directory \User and all of the subdirectories and files,
rmdir /s \user