Deleting all files that start with certain pattern - Windows command line



As an IT administrator, you are often tasked with organizing and removing files from a system. This is especially true when it comes to large systems that contain thousands of files. In many instances, these files will start with a certain pattern or name, which can make it difficult to quickly delete all of them. Fortunately, Windows provides a command-line tool which can be used to quickly delete all files that start with a certain pattern.

The command-line tool is called 'del' and can be used to delete one or more files. The syntax for the command is as follows: del [filename], where [filename] is the name of the file or files you want to delete. The command also supports wildcards to match multiple files. For example, if you wanted to delete all files that start with the pattern “test”, you could use the command del test*. Any files that start with “test” would be deleted.

If you are looking to delete all files with a certain pattern, you can use the “/s” option. This option recursively searches through the directory and all subdirectories for files that match the pattern. For example, if you wanted to delete all files that start with “test”, you could use the command del /s test*. This would delete all files in the current directory and all subdirectories that start with “test”.

Finally, if you are looking to delete all files with a certain extension, the command-line tool also supports this. For example, if you wanted to delete all files with a “.exe” extension, you could use the command del *.exe. This would delete all files with the “.exe” extension in the current directory and all subdirectories.

In summary, the command-line tool ‘del’ can quickly and easily delete all files that start with a certain pattern, have a certain extension, or are located in a certain directory. The command also supports wildcards for matching multiple files. As an IT administrator, this tool can be extremely useful for quickly and easily deleting files from a system.

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