Delete a file named NUL on Windows

Delete a file named NUL on Windows

August 6, 2019 Uncategorized 0

So…here we are. You were probably using stuff ported from a UNIX-like system and managed to create a file called NUL on a Windows system.

A file name that’s special on Windows and that can’t be deleted.

Well…this is awkward.

Fortunately, the solution is a command prompt command away. You’ll need to know the full path to the file. Open a command prompt (an elevated one if necessary) and instead of something like “del C:\Windows.old\Temp\NUL”, type this:

rename \\.\C:\Windows.old\Temp\NUL file.txt
del file.txt

 

NUL file is gone! That was easy.

 

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