How to Delete Locked Files in Windows 10 via CMD (Command Prompt)

Last Updated on October 11, 2020 by Larious


Well, if you have been using Windows 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 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.

Delete Locked Files in Windows 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 in Windows 10 computers in 2020. Let’s check out.

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

open the Windows Search box

Step 2. On the Windows Search box, search for ‘CMD’

search for 'CMD'search for 'CMD'

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

select the option 'Run as administrator'select the option 'Run as administrator'

Step 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 pathfind file path

To navigate the folder, use the command:

cd folderpath

Execute the commandExecute the command

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

Step 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 commandExecute 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

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

Deleted fileDeleted 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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