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rd and rmdir dos command not deleting deep folder tree

Hello, somehow I have a folder that has around 30 sub-folders that I cannot remove using the dos commands rd and rmdir in Vista 64 bit version.

I can change the names of the folders, but way down there are a few files, and I cannot delete those files and then start deleting the sub-folders.

I get an error message that the names are too long for Windows Explorer to delete the files

and a similar message when using rd or rmdir.

Thanks for your help.

David D.

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I have used this program since it came out, with XP. It is freeware. It is a LIFESAVER with XP. I have limited personal knowledge of this working with Vista. A number of people say it works well with it. It is called unlocker it is an explorer extension. Many times you need to restart your computer to get it to delete or move the file(s)/folder(s). In my opinion that is better than any form of the answer "NO" you can't do this. Please read up on it before you try, here is a link to it:

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I kinow who to go to for Windows issues. ;o) +1


I am using Unlocker habitually and it has a clean UI and does resolve issues quick and painless.


Hello ADCellars, good information. I tried the software, but it did not work for me with Vista 64bit OS. I'll try contacting them for a different version. Great tip! Thanks. David D.


Try to check on here, it might give you the info you need and here


Hi rj713. Thanks for the answer. It would have taken a very long time to find that informaton. I'll work on it. Thank you. David D.


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Here is a link to a Microsoft guide on deleting files. Keep arrowing down and you may find a solution that works. In particular look at the solutions in cause 4. Good luck.

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