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How do I delete symlinks from a Windows folder with a batch file/script?

How do I delete all symlinks and only all symlinks from a folder with a batch file/script? The folder is c:\wamp\www, and this is what I've tried: Content files delete.cmd for /f "delims=" %%D in ...
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I deleted a file from amazon S3, but I can still find a link to it and download it on google. How do I completely delete it? [on hold]

The file appeared to have been deleted. I can no longer see it in the bucket but the link to it on google still works and downloads the file. I have tried to clear my cache and downloads in my browser ...
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File deletion bypassing trash on OS Mavericks

Deleting files in finder is now permanently deleting the files (i.e. basically doing rm filename) and is not moving the items to trash. How do I fix this behavior? I like being able to undo my ...
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How to Delete Old Audio Drivers

I have installed many inf-modified audio drivers for Conexant 20585 to make the stereo mix appear. (Failed though..) And now there are so many installed audio drivers in the system driver store. So, ...
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Why are “ghost files” accumulating in my Recycle Bin? (Detected via SequoiaView)

Over the past several months my available Hard Drive space has seemed to gradually decrease faster than my actual usage. I finally noticed in SequoiaView that "ghosts" of many of the files that I had ...
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How to delete a file with invalid characters in Windows 8.1 (not even Cygwin helps)

After a problem I've encountered with the Windows 8 Store I had to delete a system folder. Unfortunately, inside it there's a file with invalid characters (filename as it's displayed via ls or dir): ...
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UNIX command for deleting / removing files on today's date

I want to remove all the files in the directory I am in currently in that were created today. So if today is April 3rd then the UNIX commond I am asking for would remove someFile2, someFile3, ...
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Can't copy or delete certain files and explorer.exe uses over 50% CPU

Not sure what to do. I can't copy, overwrite or delete certain files in certain locations, like the desktop. They look like they are copying or deleting but the get stuck at 0%. Also, explorer.exe ...
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I've run wipe programs, yet recovery programs can still recover my pictures. Why? How do I wipe these pictures? [duplicate]

I have some images on my drive that are persisting after an operating system install and multiple high strength drive wipes. Programs like Cipher and CCleaner aren't effective. The partition is small ...
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How to delete all .txt files in Windows 8?

How can I delete all text files (only) from a parent folder and all its child folders (without deleting any of the folders)? I am using Windows 8 but the answer shouldn't be too different for other ...
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Cannot delete folder or files inside

I have a rather strange problem. I have encountered a folder with a file in it, that I can neither see or delete. This is, I believe, a rootkit and I am desperate to get it off my machine. I am logged ...
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Delete contacts in windows 8 that are not in the People app

Using mail app in windows 8 I type the first letter of the name and several addresses show up. I want to delete some of these addresses but they are not in the People app. How do I delete some of ...
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Something deleted java.exe, how to find what it was?

On Windows 7 Pro SP1, the files java.exe, javaw.exe and so on are being automatically deleted by something, how can I find out what it is? When I uninstall and re-install java I see these files being ...
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Bulk-deleting inbox mails managed by POSTFIX

Had an issue several hours ago with a client mail account, which got compromised. As a result, he had hundreds of thousands of spam queued in postfix, which lead to several issues. Everything's fixed ...
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Find and delete line in .htaccess file

I am trying to figure out how could possible a command do search and delete line from .htaccess file . the following line is the line i want to search and delete RedirectMatch ...
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How to delete a folder that is being used by the system [duplicate]

I am trying to delete this folder, C:\Windows\System32\catroot. I am using the application, LockHunter and it is telling me that it is being used by the system and the svchost.exe and it is preventing ...
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Linux: delete all directories with only one file and no subdirectories

How can I delete all directories/subdirectories from a tree which match the following conditions: Directory don't contain another subdirectory Directory contain just one file matching this regex ...
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Delete specific subdirectory file(s)?

I require a batch script that will delete a specifically named file or list of files in a defined subdirectory. The subdirectory structure will always be the same however the root folder of the .bat ...
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“This folder is shared with other people” when deleting not shared folder

After applying some .NET Framework updates (I installed .NET Framework 4.5 and MVC 4 from stand-alone packages), I got D:\934f8a71184fd47ed258f943 folder. When I attempt to delete it Explorer says: ...
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How to clear auto complete that is not in IE, Chrome, Firefox

I want to clear the answers of an auto complete form. This isnt in a web browser. I am getting that box from an in house software we run. I can't find anywhere in windows where I could clear such ...
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VLC: How to delete file on disk

I download videos from Youtube to watch later. I use VLC to watch the videos and when I am done watching a video I would like to remove the file on disk directly from VLC. I have found several guides ...
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Is there a quick way to delete all your large files on your Mac?

I know how to use the "all my files" thing and sort by size, but it seems that the largest file that appears there is around 1GB. I suspect there is some other way to list all large files (apps, ...
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'rsync -vr --delete' Replaces existing files, not just extraneous files

I have this: rsync -vr --delete /Volumes/source_hdd/folder_to_sync /Volumes/destination_hdd My intention is to have the 'folder_to_sync' on the 'destination_hdd' to be synced with the folder using ...
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Delete multiple files in one command

On the Linux command line, I want to delete 3 files in one command, how would I do it? For instance, I want to delete: public_html.tar.gz dbapp.sql dbwp.sql
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Windows 7 Delete heavily nested folder structure

I was running a node script that went awry and created a folder structure like so: \myfolder \myfolder \file.txt \myfolder \file.txt \myfolder ...
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How can I remove a text from a PDF file? [duplicate]

I have a PDF file in which there are some text parts that I want to remove. Is it possible? How can I do this (preferable a free option)?
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Options For Deleting A Folder, Which Won't Seem to Delete? [duplicate]

I'm trying to delete a folder unsuccessfully. When I try to delete it or move it to the Recycle Bin, the following message appears: As far as I can tell, it is not open in another program or ...
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How to get back or restore deleted data from recycle bin? [duplicate]

Basically I have deleted all the data which had tons of documents and now I want to get those data back. I use Windows 7 ultimate (fake version) - used backup, restore data files through control panel ...
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Issue deleting mails from server

I have a backup email address on my Mac Os X Server that catches all emails sent to my company. There are now over 100.000 emails in the mailbox. I would like to delete all emails but the mail ...
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How to prevent automatic deletion of files by anit-virus [closed]

While i was trying to download a keygen for a software , after the completion of download i found no file in the destination folder. Then brought to my notice was a notification that my anti-virus ...
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Create a folder in Win 7 where files will be deleted after a specified period automatically

I would like to have a folder to put items for temporary use. Is this possible in Windows 7? Some sort of .bat file in startup? But I would prefer doing it without restart. Any hints?
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A mysterious folder on my computer [duplicate]

There is a mysterious unidentified folder C:/users/public/L001 where this L001 is the folder bothering me. It has a size of 41 GB . It's size is constantly increasing , about 0.1 GB every 3-4 days. ...
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Unix delete with find: Delete all files that are listed in a file

In my root directory, I have a couple folders named something like AA, BB, CC etc., each containing files in the format AA1001.txt, BB1002.txt etc. In my root folder, I also have a file all_to_delete ...
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Can I delete certain folders on my computer?

I recently wanted to clean up some space in my C drive, and I found the following folders taking up considerable amounts of space, but I am not sure if it will be safe to delete them: ...
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Adding a new (hidden) “Delete” Context Menu item to Windows 7

I would like to add a new "Delete" context menu item such that I can delete large amounts of files and folders with a single right click without using explorer because of how slow it is. I have ...
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How do I remove the Chrome App Launcher in Windows 8?

I made a huge mistake and enabled the app launcher on my Windows 8 Chrome installation. Now I cannot get rid of it. I already tried removing Chrome and installing it again.
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VirtualBox - VHD not accessible, not attached to VM, says image cannot be deleted.

I've have read & read trying to find a solution to this: I may have deleted the VHD file directly from the file location & not released it from the virtual media manager. I was able to ...
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Better alternative to Windows' delete function [duplicate]

Windows' delete function has a tendency to stall when it comes to large amounts of material. I'm not necessarily concerned about privacy-motivated overwrites or anything like that, I just want to be ...
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Getting rid / Moving of pre-set folders in the User folder

So we all know how Windows sets up a user folder, with a few default directories. I am very happy to leave some of them (pictures, Videos etc.) but some are just bothersome and/or useless. I realise ...
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why delete button is inactive in outlook 2010?

One of my users say that in outlook 2010 the Delete option for removing messages is gray and become inactive. whats caused this problem and whats its solution?
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How can I find out which process deleted a file in a Windows environment?

I use AllwaySync to synchronize a large number of music files across two external drives attached to Windows machines. Recently, several thousand of the files were deleted from one of the drives, and ...
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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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Delete several directories with a common prefix at the command prompt

I want to delete several subdirectories of the same directory. The directories have "tmp" as the first three characters in their name. This is not working: C:\Documents and Settings\rajesh\Local ...
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Vim on Mac OS X terminal

I'm on Mac OS X 10.9 using Vim 7.4 and I'm looking to find a way to map the key combination behavior "option + delete" to delete a word backwards. Currently, this works on every app in the OS, except ...
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How are defunct networks removed from a LogMeIn Hamachi network?

I have a Hamachi network that I use for work and one that I use w/ friends. For the one that I use w/ friends, I'm the administrator of the network. Occasionally I have to reset my system from time to ...
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When I delete a shortcut folder on my desktop in Win 7, do I actually delete the real folder?

Let's say that I have a folder here C:\Music and I right click on this folder and choose create a shortcut on desktop Now, I have a shortcut Music on my desktop. My question is if I delete the ...
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Some files not appearing in recycle bin

Today I had something very strange happen. I have an Access database which is split into the UI in one file and the data in the other. I had a new version of the UI, so as usual I selected the old ...
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Unable to delete a file, shows path not found error

Due to some malware attack a file named com7.ini.asp got created in my folder and it is hidden when I browse it through Windows. I tried the following: I gave the whole path in the address bar and ...
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How do I delete highlighted syntax in Notepad++?

I have just started learning HTML in Notepad++ and I am playing around with the tags a lot. When my cursor is inside of an open or closed tag both are highlighted automatically in purple. I was ...
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Delete a file that “does not exist” with a strange name

I've read about deleting files which "do not exist" and got as far as del /q /s filename in command prompt. However, the file is named COM^sv3.O[e in the browser. but when i type in dir it = Of ...