How to delete stubborn folders – Windows

How to delete stubborn folders using Robocopy in Windows. By using Robocopy to “mirror” an empty folder using the /MIR command.

What is RoboCopy? Robocopy is a free command-line file copy utility that has shipped with Windows since Vista.

To delete a stubborn folder and all its subfolders and files:

1) Create an empty folder.

2) Open PowerShell.

3) Run the following command:
Robocopy /MIR “<Path to empty folder>” “<Path to delete>”
Note: This will delete all files and folders within the folder path that you specify.


Robocopy /MIR "C:\Empty" "C:\Stuck\Stubborn\Folder"
RoboCopy Mirror Example - How to delete stubborn folders

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