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    DOS?

    I'm trying to clean up my computer using DOS, which is more thorough than using Windows. The command that's not working involves using ">deltree cookold." The deltree part is correct, but the second part is not. Can anyone help me, please?

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    Re: DOS?

    Have you verified that the cookold directory still exists?
    Perhaps you could supply the error you receive, provided, of course, that you receive an error. Also, verify that the DELTREE.EXE file exists - on my machine it lives in C:WINDOWSCOMMAND.

    Edited to add additional thoughts

    Keep in mind: if your COOKOLD directory is a subdirectory, you'll either have to specify the entire path to the directory, or issue the command from the parent of COOKOLD. For example:
    COOKOLD is located in C:TESTINGTESTING
    --From the C: prompt, type DELTREE C:TESTINGTESTINGCOOKOLD.
    Or, navigate to the TESTINGTESTING folder, and type the command
    DELTREE COOKOLD

    Both should yield what you want.

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    Re: DOS?

    I have very little knowledge of DOS. Would it be possible for you to lay out the specific step-by-step instructions? For example, the directories may not fit on one screen, so I would need to have it show one screen at a time.

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    Re: DOS?

    If you're not comfortable using DOS, why not just remove your files from within Windows? It's no less thorough AFAIK. I believe, in either case - Windows 98 or DOS - that the entries that describe that particular folder in the file allocation table are removed. Windows is just nice and clickey - er, has a graphical interface.

    To fulfill your request, however.
    1. Make note of the entire path to the directory you wish to remove. <font color=blue> I usually invoke the MS-DOS Prompt from within Windows [ Start > Run, type COMMAND.COM and press [ ENTER] ]</font color=blue>
    2. Navigate to the directory you wish to delete. <font color=blue>In my test example from the C: prompt, I typed CD TESTINGTESTINGCOOKOLD [ ENTER ] </font color=blue>
    3. Back up one directory <font color=blue> CD.. [ ENTER ] </font color=blue>
    4 Issue the DELTREE command. <font color=blue> DELTREE COOKOLD [ ENTER ]</font color=blue>
    5. Accept responsibility for the command <font color=blue> Y [ ENTER ] </font color=blue>

    Your directory (and subdirectories therein) should now be removed.

    If your directory names contain spaces, or are longer than 8 characters, include THE ENTIRE PATH in quotes. So a command such as <font color=red>C:CD TESTINGTEST DIRECTORYCOOKOLD</font color=red> would become <font color=blue>CD "TESTINGTEST DIRECTORYCOOKOLD"</font color=blue>

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    Re: DOS?

    A computer technician told me that using DOS did a much more thorough cleanuup than using Windows. That's why I'm trying to use the notes I scribbled last time he walked me through it.

    How do I know the path to the directory if I don't know where the directory is located?

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    Re: DOS?

    <hr>How do I know the path to the directory if I don't know where the directory is located? <hr>
    A very interesting question... How do you know that the directory actually exists for you to delete? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If you know the name of the directory you want to delete... it's COOKOLD, right? Click <font color=blue>Start > Find...> Files or Folders...</font color=blue>, type the name of your folder in the Named: box <big><font color=red>1.</font color=red></big>, and change the Look in: box to <font color=blue>c:</font color=blue> and press <font color=blue> [ ENTER ]</font color=blue>. The folder you're looking for should show up in the list below, under the Name heading <big><font color=red>2.</font color=red></big>, along with the folder(s), or path, to the folder you're looking for.
    The path is the In Folder string, plus the folder name (See <big><font color=red>3.</font color=red></big> for an example).

    Knowing the path (in my case, C:TESTINGTESTINGCOOKOLD) I can go to the MS-DOS prompt and DELTREE my unwanted folder as mentioned in my earlier post: <font color=blue>DELTREE "C:TESTINGTESTINGCOOKOLD"</font color=blue>
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    Re: DOS?

    Outstanding instructions! Nothing came up, so that step is no longer necessary. By the way, it seems if I did find that folder using the "Find" feature, why couldn't I just have deleted right from there?

    Anyway, many thanks.

    Tom

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    Re: DOS?

    Kevin:
    How did you get those neat numbers into your graphic? <img src=/S/artist.gif border=0 alt=artist width=34 height=29>

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    Re: DOS?

    The number and elipses are from MS Paint -- I would guess!

    YES, you could have used Windows to delete the folder. If you don't know much about DOS, I recommend sticking to Windows to do your deleting. Otherwise a simple error could wipe out a lot of important information. (I will with hold any example DOS lines!) ;-]

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    Re: DOS?

    thalseth - If you happened to find the folder using Window's Find feature, you COULD delete it right from there, but looking back to <!post=your original post,166323>your original post<!/post>, you specifically requested the DOS help. <!post=My reply (166346),166346>My reply (166346)<!/post> recommended using Windows to delete your folder. Oh well, now you know how to do it two ways! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Phil- I must admit, I did use Paint to insert the numbers and ellipses.

    rmrucker - Nicely put.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: DOS?

    I figured you used Paint. But I meant, how did you get the numbers so neat? Or do you just have a steady hand? When I try & draw a number, it looks like a third grader. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: DOS?

    What a fun experience to do a screen capture of Paint! I have to admit <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> that I actually tried clicking the icons on the picture instead of the actual program toolbox.
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    Re: DOS?

    Hi Kevin:
    Thanks for the information. I never tried playing around with Paint & even forgot that F1 gets you instructions. <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> But how did you get color down to under 100kb. OK, I figured it out--use 250 color bitmap. Should have tested this first before posting & editing posts. ( I should really continue this in Lounge Matters or something?)
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