deleting installed set up files

  jayc1977 14:56 30 Jan 2009


After installing downloads from the internet is it ok to delete the set up file? Also when you have downloaded an upgrade for an application or hardware can you delete this also, ie an updated driver or update to the software?

Many Thanks


  Technotiger 15:03 30 Jan 2009

Yes, you can delete the downloaded setup files.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:05 30 Jan 2009

But when you want to reinstall what will you do?

Personally I would back up the setup files and any required serial numbers before deleting from the main drive in the PC.

  Technotiger 15:13 30 Jan 2009

But when you want to reinstall what will you do?

Hi, .......... Re-download !!

I have dozens and dozens of downloaded setup files, I have a splurge on deletions every so often. It has never done any harm.

  jayc1977 15:30 30 Jan 2009

does this apply to updated drivers also?

  Technotiger 15:33 30 Jan 2009

Once the updated drivers have been successfully installed - Yes, you are not deleting the drivers. But there is no harm in keeping the downloaded setup files, usually in your My Documents>My Completed downloads folder.

  jayc1977 15:37 30 Jan 2009

cheers, thanks very much for the help. doing a bit of cleaning and was wondering if it would cause any problems.

  Technotiger 15:46 30 Jan 2009

As I said above, I do the same every so often.

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