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Windows 7: Still looking at files that I can delete

21 May 2011   #1
linda661

windows 7
 
 
Still looking at files that I can delete

I wrote before and got lots of good help. I'm trying to delete unnecessary files from my computer. I need to know what is Microsoft Visual C ++ and why do I have so many files?

Also, I'm not good at knowing MB, KB, etc. How many bites are a really large file?

Thanks


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21 May 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Deleting files for what? A few MBs back and forth will not save the day. Anything that is not at least in the GB range is not worth touching.

You do better deleting the temporay files - e.g. with CCleaner. And if you are really tight in disk space, have a look at your shadowstorage. But a few program files or user files are not worth dealing with.
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21 May 2011   #3
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linda661 View Post
...what is Microsoft Visual C ++ and why do I have so many files?
Some programs are extremely picky about which version of the Visual C++ programming language they use. Programmers are supposed to add in some code to allow the program they write to figure out that a later version of Visual C++ will work right, but they are notoriously lazy and often incompetent and neglect to do so.

(The last part is a joke. I just finished a semesters worth of C# programming.)

Anyway, Windows keeps the various versions around "just in case". I have sixteen different versions on my main computer, though since I've had to do some programming of my own that is more than I would expect for most people.

Unless you are sure you don't need one, I would leave them alone.

Quote:
How many bites are a really large file?
Large is relative.
[gratuitous sexist joke goes here]

1 terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes
1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes
1 megabyte = 1,000 kilobytes
1 kilobyte = 1,000 bytes
1 bite = getting tossed out of the Garden of Eden

(There are slightly different ways of measuring this, but this is the least confusing and works fine for your question.)

Personally, until a file gets above 50MB I don't worry about it. I do follow what WHS suggested about cleaning out the crapola with CCleaner.
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21 May 2011   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I would leave c ++ alone. Windows ORB type in disc and it should Disk Cleanup. I will also get rid of a lot of junk. Programs that you have added to your system and no longer want can be removed. Once again go to ORB type in add and remove and you should see a add and remove programs. I also use Ccleaner and Revo to remove programs I don't want. Be very careful on what you remove. If your not sure, ask before removing. Some things (programs) come from Window when it is installed and or updated. In most cases I leave them alone. I want to say again; if your not sure please ask here and some one will help.
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21 May 2011   #5
linda661

windows 7
 
 

Thanks. That all sounds good. I bought this new computer several months ago and am worried that I am cluttering it up with junk, like the last one. I just want it to run lean. I've alread added games and music files.

The games are simple ones....solitaire, chess, mahjongg....like that

Music - I like to copy CD's onto the computer to be able to pick music while I am playing games.
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21 May 2011   #6
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post

1 terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes
1 gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes
1 megabyte = 1,000 bytes
Like they say...the devil lays in the details..you skipped a step, prof
1 megabyte = 1,000 kilobytes
1 kilobyte = 1,000 bytes

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21 May 2011   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
...s..you skipped a step, prof
1 megabyte = 1,000 kilobytes
1 kilobyte = 1,000 bytes

Oops...

(fix0r3d)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
...thereby proving his observation that programmers are lazy and incompetent

no wonder that so much software is buggy and requires umpteen patches...
Uh, yeah...actually, I did it on purpose just to prove my point!

(Nobody is buying that, are they...?)
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21 May 2011   #8
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linda661 View Post
Thanks. That all sounds good. I bought this new computer several months ago and am worried that I am cluttering it up with junk, like the last one. I just want it to run lean. I've alread added games and music files.

The games are simple ones....solitaire, chess, mahjongg....like that

Music - I like to copy CD's onto the computer to be able to pick music while I am playing games.
You may want to Defragment your Harddrive rather than Delete stuff

Defragmentation will Speed up your computer more than Deleting Files

See Disk Defragmenter - Open and Use For More Information

Note   Note
This may take a while


Hope This Helps,
Josh
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21 May 2011   #9
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

This will help with removing Temp files. Use Steps 1-6.
When you find the listing in Step 2 you can just right click "Disk Cleanup" and then click "Run as Administrator."
Saves a few steps.

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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