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If you delete a directory symbolic link in Windows 7, using explorer's right-mouse menu delete command, will you also delete the contents of the directory it points to? If you do, is there any way of just killing the symbolic link?

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You will only delete the directory symbolic link (made by mklink /d) itself. I have tested:

  • Deleting the symbolic link
  • Multi-selecting and deleting the symbolic link and another file or folder
  • Deleting a folder containing the symbolic link

In all cases, the link target is unaffected.

The same behavior apply to directory junctions as well.

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