How to Delete Subfolders and Files by GPP

We are attempting to use GPP to build a GPO that deletes all files and subfolders for the following path but have had no luck. Adobe Flash Player %appdata% We presume this is due to the subfolders not being empty, but we have no idea how to fix it. What can we do?

Best Answered by

Dany· Answered on Apr 17, 2023

The GPP (Group Policy Preference) approach is advantageous since you may change it once, and it will be implemented on all computers. You can use the GPP to create, remove, and update commands. If a link already exists and you want to delete it, simply create a policy that deletes it. The only exception is if the link contains something dynamic, such as an alternative route calculated based on data like the current user or workstation name. With GPP, things get a little more complicated.

So you can check your problem of deleting the subfolders before you try to create the GPP item. You could try to repair corrupted hard drive. In the Start Search box, type CHKDSK /F and press "Enter". If the folder you want to delete is on a drive other than your C: drive, add the drive letter to the end of the command. For instance, CHKDSK /F E: If you receive an error after starting, restart and let the scan complete. Try deleting again.

You may usually unlock a locked file by restarting your device when you encounter a locked file with empty folders and subfolders. You can boot into Safe Mode on Windows to unlock and delete the files and folders if that fails.

Step 1. Navigate to "Settings" - "Update & Security" - "Recovery" - "Restart now" buttons in the "Advanced Startup" section.

Step 2. Select "Troubleshoot" - "Advanced Options" - "Startup Settings" from the menu.

Step 3. Select the "Restart" option.

Step 4. On the "Startup Settings" screen, press F4 to activate Safe Mode.

While in Safe Mode, use File Explorer to locate and delete any previously locked files, then restart your device as usual to exit Safe Mode.

However, files and folders deleted in this way will bypass the Recycle Bin and vanish altogether. You can't find them on your computer. So, if you deleted some of your vital files and folders, you can try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a professional data recovery to recover the lost, formatted, and corrupted files.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

People Also Ask

How to Fix 'Windows 10 Administrator Can't Delete Unwanted Folder on USB'

How to fix 'Windows 10 administrator can't delete a folder on USB'? We will provide multiple solutions to help you resolve this problem. Keep reading and find an answer to your question!


Feb 22, 2023

How to Recover Deleted Items with Windows File Recovery

Some files you cannot recover from the Recycle Bin can be recovered with third-party data recovery software or Windows File Recovery. Keep reading to learn the details.


Feb 22, 2023

How to Delete Files Older Than 30 Days with PowerShell

You can delete files older than 30 days with PowerShell, and there are other solutions to delete these files. We will introduce all the possible ways in this passage.


Mar 09, 2023

Need a Deleted File Recovery Tool for Windows XP

While uninstalling a program on your computer or laptop, it is easy to lose files. You will need a data recovery program if you cannot find your lost files in Recycle Bin. We will recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to help you recover the deleted files on Windows XP.


Mar 09, 2023

How to Delete Aimed Folder Contents Larger Than 500MB

When dealing with huge directories, deleting a folder and its contents using Windows Explorer might take a lifetime because it deletes each file one by one. The quickest method is to delete the folder from the command prompt on Windows.


Mar 10, 2023

Data Deleted by Mistake on Windows 7, What Can I Do

How can I restore files that have been permanently deleted? By hitting the Shift + Erase keys, you can delete files or directories from your computer. If you do this and need to retrieve permanently erased files, one of the various data recovery applications available is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.


Apr 19, 2023