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Starwind51

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    Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
    « on: June 01, 2011, 06:00:51 PM »
    C:\Documents and Settings\TEMP.MY NAME\My Documents\C Drive Laptop Folders\My Documents\All The Rest of the Laptop Folders\More My Downloads That Need Sorting

    On previous occasions, while trying to tidy up my hard drive I found a folder labeled "Downloads" and renamed the folder so I would recognize more readily what it was as I purged other folders.  I don't remember if I intentionally moved anything to the folder or if everything was put in automatically when the files downloaded. 

    I've been afraid to delete anything from the folder because some of the files have the fancy icons that come with games and services.  The icons make the files seem important, but the address line says all the files are TEMP.  How can I tell if I actually need these files or if I can delete them?

    The non-fancy icons, such as "Word" or a pdf file are in black print, the fancy icons that are logos of the games or services/products ("Dream Day Wedding", "iTunes", "Adobe") are .exe files in live-link blue print.

    For the most part I want the games and need the Adobe products.  I don't use Symantec anymore and don't use iTunes, so I could experiment, if needed, with those .exe files.

     




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    Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
    « Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 06:15:19 PM »
    Without an actual screenshot of the folder and it's contents and/or what you have moved there we cannot safely advise on what to do here...
       
     
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      Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
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        Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
        « Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011, 12:48:41 PM »
        I'm still hoping for an answer - the question is, once you have installed something on your computer it still shows up in your list of downloads.  If you delete something from the list of downloads, how do you know in advance that you're not actually deleting the thing you installed? 

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        Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
        « Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 12:53:19 PM »
        As a rule, anything in your temp folder can be deleted. Easy way to be sure is to create a new folder and move everything there. Then reboot. Everything okay? If so, delete the new folder and all contents.

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        Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
        « Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 07:18:44 PM »
        What worries me is 1/2 of them are .exe's...
        How or why he moved all this stuff has yet to be answered...
           
         
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        Re: Can These Download Files Be Deleted?
        « Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011, 11:56:48 AM »
        how do you know in advance that you're not actually deleting the thing you installed?

        If it's an installer, running it installs the program. The installer then becomes vestigial... especially in the case of most installers since they get cached by Windows Installer in a special place for when you need to Add/Remove/repair them.

        Otherwise, in the case of some programs it's NOT an installer and is instead the actual program. Everything in that folder is a installer or setup program except for the symantec removal utility.
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