Moving Directories

To move a directory to another location, along with the files and subdirectories contained within it, call the MoveFileEx, MoveFileWithProgress, or MoveFileTransacted function. The MoveFileWithProgress function has the same functionality as MoveFileEx, except that MoveFileWithProgress enables you to specify a callback routine that receives notifications on the progress of the operation. The MoveFileTransacted function enables you to perform the operation as a transacted operation.

The following example demonstrates the use of the MoveFileEx function with a directory.

#include <windows.h>
#include <tchar.h>
#include <stdio.h>

void __cdecl _tmain(int argc, TCHAR *argv[])
    if( argc != 3 )
        printf("ERROR:  Incorrect number of arguments\n\n");
        printf("  Moves a directory and its contents\n\n");
        _tprintf(TEXT("  %s [source_dir] [target_dir]\n\n"), argv[0]);
        printf("  The target directory cannot exist already.\n\n");

    // Move the source directory to the target directory location.
    // The target directory must be on the same drive as the source.
    // The target directory cannot already exist.

    if (!MoveFileEx(argv[1], argv[2], MOVEFILE_WRITE_THROUGH))
        printf ("MoveFileEx failed with error %d\n", GetLastError());
    else _tprintf(TEXT("%s has been moved to %s\n"), argv[1], argv[2]);