How to Force Delete a Folder – Windows 10 & 11

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Do you need help removing a folder from your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer? If so, it could be a system folder or a folder utilized by another software. We’ll show you how to remove “undeletable” folders from your PC.

Why you can’t delete your folder?

The most common cause for being unable to delete a folder is that it is a Windows system folder. In this scenario, the system blocks you from eliminating the folder since doing so may cause your PC to become unstable.

If you’re certain it’s not a system folder, your “undeletable” folder may be in use by your installed apps. Windows restricts you from making changes to a folder when an app is using it. In this situation, you might try to delete the folder after closing the app using your folder.

If nothing of the aforementioned scenarios applies to your situation, you could choose to use one of the following:

Method 1: Use Command Prompt

Using Command Prompt is a quick way to delete a folder. You can use this tool to run a command that deletes the folder you’ve chosen.

To begin, open your “Start” menu and look for “Command Prompt.” Then, on the right, select “Run as Administrator.”

run as Administrator

A “User Account Control” prompt will appear. Choose “Yes.”

When the Command Prompt window appears, enter the following command and press Enter.

rmdir /s /q PATH

Replace PATH with the path to the folder you want to delete in this command.

If your path contains spaces, enclose it with double quotes.

For example, in the Documents folder on your C drive, you’d delete a folder called Unwanted.
rmdir /s /q C:\Documents\Unwanted

command prompt

Method 2: Boot in Windows Safe Mode

If you are unsure which app has hijacked your folder and prevented you from deleting it, restart your PC in safe mode and then attempt to delete the folder. In safe mode, your PC only loads the necessary Windows files, preventing any third-party apps from launching automatically.

To begin, use our guide to boot your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC into safe mode.

Once in safe mode, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to delete. Then, right-click on the folder and select “Delete”.

delete folder

Your folder has been deleted.

You may also want to remove the folder from the Recycle Bin, which you can do by opening it, right-clicking your folder, and selecting “Delete”.

Method 3: Use WinRAR to Force Remove Folders

This may sound strange, but you can delete stubborn folders using WinRAR (a file compression app). This works by creating an archive from your “undeletable” folder and then asking the app to delete the original folder after the archive is created.

When WinRAR creates an archive from your folder, it automatically deletes the original folder. The newly created archive can then be deleted as well.

To begin, download and install the free version of WinRAR on your computer. Then restart your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer so that WinRAR is integrated into the context menu.

When your computer restarts, launch File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to delete. Then, right-click on this folder and select “Add to Archive”

add to archive

On the “Archive Name and Parameters” window, in the “Archiving Options” section, enable the “Delete Files After Archiving” option. Then, at the bottom of the window, select “OK.”


Allow WinRAR to create an archive from the folder you’ve chosen. After that, WinRAR will delete the original folder. You may now delete your recently created archive.

That’s how you get rid of any unwanted or stubborn folders on your Windows PC.

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Jokester says:

Wanted to say THANKS for this as after hours of searching/trying different approaches your method got rid of an empty (undeletable) folder right away!

E.G Edwards says:

Winrar was the only option that worked for me on Windows 11. Thanks for your helpful article. Cheers!

Kris says:

Thank you so much, I’ve tried everything to delete a folder on win11. The WinRAR method worked like a charm, so easy!

Ibrahim M. says:

“Kris says:
2023-04-17 at 18:56
Thank you so much, I’ve tried everything to delete a folder on win11. The WinRAR method worked like a charm, so easy!”
The Same here

Cris says:

Thanks very much l had failed to delete these files

The Last Mimzy says:

Winrar was the only one that worked. So thank you for this tip.

Windows wouldnt let me delete the folder, it had something to do with Nordlocker, it someone broke the folder, and i couldnt open or delete.

Tried the CMD etc, didnt worked, but then i found this website with this Tip, and worked, it was so fast!

Thank you.

Tsigarinho says:

I am using Windows 11.
Winrar did the trick.
Thank you very much!!!

Mark says:

I’d done the command prompt option and everything else and nothing worked. Came here and saw the ‘winrar’ option and it worked, with out a problem ….. as this seems the most logical and works, when all else fails, just an idea, maybe put this option 1st on your page …..

Mark says:

P.S thank you so much

Saeed Khan says:

Method 3: WinRAR was the only option that worked for me too in Windows 11. Mighty thankful for your help. After trying virtually everything else and wasting hours of my time, this method worked like a charm.

Diru says:

You dont need to use winrar.There is a windows applications named Wise folder delete.It is free

Malaik12 says:

The winrar trick worked like magic bless you

Dan says:

After several attempts, I found this method and it worked.

Thanks a bunch

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