Thanks Ray, but we are talking hundreds of identically named folders that need excluding... I don't fancy moving them then moving them back. I just though that as the delete functions built into Windows are very limited someone must have written a fancy delete utility. ________________________________ From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ray Costanzo Sent: 09 November 2006 12:12 To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [windows2000] Re: Delete Utility Hi Steve, If this is just a one time thing, what you could do is just do a search in Windows Explorer for the directory name that contains files you want to keep. After they're all displayed, cut and paste them above the root of the directory from which you want to start traversing and deleting. After they're safely moved, do a search for *.zip and delete all the results. Then move the directories back. Ray at home ________________________________ From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Steve Rance Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 6:37 AM To: Windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [windows2000] Delete Utility Hi Guys, Anyone know of a freeware utility that allows mass deletion of files based on a criteria that will include exclusions of directories? Basically, I need to delete over 50Gb of Zip files on one of our file servers with hundreds of deep directories, but exclude zip files within directories with a particular name (or which there will be hundreds). I have just spent over an hour on google but didn't find anything that even came close to providing this functionality. Thanks for any help.