I believe in Windows Vista, we could use linkd command. However, I cannot find this command in Windows 7. I know I can use Windows Explorer and delete the junction, but I wonder if this can be done in command prompt.

While I can use mklink command to create a junction from a command prompt, so, what is the opposite of it (something like linkd)?

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Delete junctions with rmdir (rd). Works in all Windows versions.

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    @gravity, thanks! rd works while del does not. – Nord May 19 '11 at 5:45
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    As a Linux user I really struggled to find this. Thanks so much! – Jonathon Reinhart Oct 28 '11 at 1:05
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    @JonathonReinhart I resonate well with that. If only Windows started used swap and ext4 without third-party software! – mjohnsonengr Aug 15 '12 at 16:02
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    @Vi3GameHkr: If only Linux started using ntfs without third-party software... /// Windows does use swap, it just calls it "paging file". – grawity Sep 7 '12 at 13:05
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    This does not work in Powershell - it will follow the junction and delete all files. Use cmd /c "rmdir mydir". – Brian Low Sep 15 '14 at 6:00

fsutil reparsepoint delete <<PATH>>

In my experience this will take care of some cases where rmdir gives Access Denied.


  • I had a junction point that was giving access denied if I used rmdir. Using this method, the junction point becomes a regular folder with read-only attribute. attrib -R and rmdir finally finished the job. – Codism Oct 28 '16 at 15:06

Use the -d flag on junction (junction -d ...)

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx

To delete junction directory using junction command as below :

 junction -d "<Destination>"

For example:

junction -d  "D:\webapps\app"
linkd source /D

will delete the junction point (the link) without deleting on destination

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    Read the question. This command doesn't exist in Windows 7. – Aaronaught Nov 24 '13 at 17:27

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