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Ok to remove downloads content?

This might be a silly question to most, but it has always puzzled me...

 

On the Download page of my computer, I have amassed many downloads (applications) through the years and have often wondered if it is safe to clear these after they have been installed?

 

I've always feared it would remove the application from the PC if I cleared them from the Download page.

 

Is it safe to do so?

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4 minutes ago, Rocketdog2112 said:

This might be a silly question to most, but it has always puzzled me...

 

On the Download page of my computer, I have amassed many downloads (applications) through the years and have often wondered if it is safe to clear these after they have been installed?

 

I've always feared it would remove the application from the PC if I cleared them from the Download page.

 

Is it safe to do so?

If you don't need to reinstall the software again, you can safely delete the installation files. However, if the software is no longer available from the developers' site, sometimes it's good to save certain installation programs for future installations.

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You're constructing a building. You'll need workers to do that. These workers will build the structure. Now, once you're done with the construction, will you need the workers? No.

Similar analogy here. Once you've installed the application, you don't need that installer unless you want to reinstall(or construct a new building in the example).

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4 hours ago, RockSolid1106 said:

Now, once you're done with the construction, will you need the workers? No.

So you bury the workers under the lawn of your new building. No one will find them, and they won't be able to tell your secrets?

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5 hours ago, RockSolid1106 said:

You're constructing a building. You'll need workers to do that. These workers will build the structure. Now, once you're done with the construction, will you need the workers? No.

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Well also depends where you installed things... if its in the same folder deleting it, will obviously delete the install as well.

 

Plus you may need to reinstall at some point and then finding the installers on the internet can be a pain...!

 

 

Lastly windows likes to clear the folder out sometimes , so my suggestion is to move the stuff you really want to keep to another location. 

 

Tldr: is it safe to delete?  depends on your definition of "safe". 

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It depends. Are the programs you downloaded just an installer? If it is then it's safe to remove. 

Is the program you downloaded the actual program, like in the case of many portable programs (as in, they do not need to be installed). 

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-> Moved to Programs, Apps and Websites

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If you mean Downloads folder, then sure. Thats all the things you have personally selected to download. They aren't, or aren't supposed to be, used regularly by any software.

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