Microsoft DOS deltree command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About deltree

Short for delete tree, deltree is a command used to delete files and directories permanently from the computer.

Availability

The deltree is an external command that is available in the Microsoft operating systems listed below as deltree.exe.

MS-DOS 5.0 and above
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT

Note: Users who are using Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 should utilize the del or rmdir command.

Deltree syntax

Deletes a directory and all the subdirectories and files in it.

To delete one or more files and directories: DELTREE [/Y] [drive:]path [[drive:]path[...]]

/Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to delete the subdirectory.
[drive:]path Specifies the name of the directory you want to delete.

Note: Use DELTREE cautiously. Every file and subdirectory within the specified directory will be deleted. Once deleted, you cannot recover the information.

Deltree examples

deltree c:\fake010

Deletes the fake010 directory and everything in it.

Additional information

  • See our delete definition for further information and related links on this term.