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Windows 7: delete all my downloads?

12 Oct 2010   #1

WIN7 Ultimate, 64bit OEM
delete all my downloads?

stupid question....but can i delete all my downloads in the DOWNLOADS folder after i run them or install them?

would love to get rid of all of these (see pic)

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12 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

You can delete them but why not back up some of the more useful ones to a non-system partition or external media? Would save you a re-download if you wanted to reinstall win7 or install them on a different machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #3


yes you can delete it..
but i think is more safe if you save it.. maybe one days, you have to install or repair it from the application setup. like bill said.
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12 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I always organize my downloads into various folders that are indicative of their nature so if I decide to clean house I can always recall what the download was for despite its often cryptic nomenclature.

Organize your downloads as they occur and you'll never have to ask the question regarding what you should delete. :)
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12 Oct 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


The point of the newly-popular Downloads folder is to archive your tools and installers for later use, including in possible reinstalls.

However with built-in drive imaging, reinstalls are really no longer necessary, so judge what the chances are you'd need to go find all of those installers again.

I refer to the Downloads folder many times every day for tools and installers I use. It is backed up along with my other important User files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #6

WIN7 Ultimate, 64bit OEM

this forum rocks1

i think i will back up the downloads to my USB stick.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Excellent and then in a month you can go thru them and find that you can delete at least 90% since you really don't need them anymore.

Backups are a marvelous thing. I always empty the downloads folder.

I use Win 7 Backup and Restore.
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bushman5 View Post
this forum rocks1

i think i will back up the downloads to my USB stick.
Funny you mention that because I keep a copy of most of my Downloads on my USB stick, which is also formatted as a Win7 installer. It's a perfect toolbox I can carry in my pocket.
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12 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

I use Bil2s method of backing up my downloads to an external folder or better yet pointing IE or FF to my chosen location and weed out once a month when new versions of software are released Eg. Flash, Java, CCleaner etc.
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