How to Delete Locked Files in Windows 11/10 via CMD

Well, if you have been using Windows 11/10 for a while, then you might know that the operating system comes with lots of pre-installed apps. Also, a few software refuses to uninstall. Well, you can easily remove stubborn programs by using a third-party software uninstaller, but what about the locked files?

Sometimes, while deleting a file in Windows 11/10, we come across an annoying dialog box indicating that the file is locked or we are not allowed to perform such action. In such cases, we need to use the Command Prompt.

The good thing about using Command Prompt is that you won’t need to spend money purchasing premium file & folder remover. Command Prompt is a built-in feature of Windows 10, and it works pretty well.

How to Delete Locked Files in Windows 11/10 via Command Prompt

With the command prompt, you can delete any file or folder on the Windows 10 operating system. So, in this article, we are going to share a detailed guide on how to delete locked files on Windows 10 pc. Let’s check out.

1. First of all, open the Windows Search box.

open the Windows Search box

2. On the Windows Search box, search for CMD.

search for 'CMD'

3. Right-click on the CMD and select the option Run as administrator.

select the option 'Run as administrator'

4. Now, you need to navigate to the folder where the file is stored.

Find file path in Windows: Right Click > Properties > Details

find file path details

To navigate the folder, use the command:

cd folderpath

Execute the command

Note: Replace ‘folderpath’ with the actual path where the file is stored. For example, cd C:\Users\techviral\desktop

5. After navigating to the folder, you need to execute the delete command. Simply, execute the command given below.

del /f /s <filename>

Execute the command

Note: Replace the <filename> with the actual name of the file. Also, put the extension of the file type. For example, del /f /s notepad.txt

6. Now, on the Command prompt, type ‘Y’ and press the Enter button.

Deleted file

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can delete locked files in Windows 10 via Command Prompt.

So, this is all about how to delete locked files in Windows 10 via the command prompt. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.


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