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.

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, 2011 at 5:45
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    As a Linux user I really struggled to find this. Thanks so much! Oct 28, 2011 at 1:05
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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".
    – user1686
    Sep 7, 2012 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, 2014 at 6:00
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    @grawity Seems to for me: gist.github.com/brianlow/0d5d2070c87c378454d7
    – Brian Low
    Sep 16, 2014 at 1:46

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

fsutil reparsepoint delete <<PATH>>
  • 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, 2016 at 15:06
  • Absolute legend! was getting "Unspecified Error" or Access Denied" when attempting to delete a stale WindowsApps directory in explorer after much messing around with rmdir, del, and a few other attempts I realised a few contained directories were actually junctions despite having ownership, granting permissions, removing read only attribute, nothing wanted to remove them however your answer worked! Thank you :)
    – Brian
    Aug 26, 2020 at 13:50
  • This works but it will leave the actual mount point dir behind, as an empty dir. The latter has to be deleted separately.
    – Fizz
    Feb 8 at 5:52

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

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

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    You had to mention that junction is a separate utility that needs to be downloaded. Nov 11, 2020 at 17:21
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, 2013 at 17:27

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