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deleting files by date

Peter Heinemann
Frequent Advisor

deleting files by date

Does anyone have a technique for deleting files on an NT/w2000 server based on date criteria? Is there a command or utility similar to the Unix "find -ctime -exec"?

Ron Kinner
Honored Contributor

Re: deleting files by date

Should work. If not just go to and search for: delete old files. Seems to be a lot of them.

Carmelo Grecia_1
Regular Advisor

Re: deleting files by date

Hi Peter,

Not Yet...

The delete commands is as follows:

Deletes one or more files.

DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names
ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

names Specifies a list of one or more files or directories
Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a
directory is specified, all files within the directo
will be deleted.

/P Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file.
/F Force deleting of read-only files.
/S Delete specified files from all subdirectories.
/Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wil
/A Selects files to delete based on attributes
attributes R Read-only files S System files
H Hidden files A Files ready for arc
- Prefix meaning not

If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows:

The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows
you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.

However, deleting files depending on date is a common administrative task. To delete all files within a root folder and its subfolders depending on a last modified date, proceed as follows:

1. Create a new directory to store all files included in this example.

2. Download and install the latest version of Windows Script Host, from, to the new directory.

3.Select Start|Run and enter "cscript scriptfile.vbs".

Here, scriptfile is the full path and file name of a script tile that contains the following:

See attachment

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