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Here's a stupid question

by mrskelly / January 23, 2008 9:31 AM PST

When you download updates to programs (like a 5.1 version) and the old program is still there (a 4.1) is it safe to get rid of the older version? It seems silly, but when I think about getting rid of some of these I get that warning that some of my documents may not run. I went to Catholic school and so I'm obedient and I leave it there, but my files are really cluttered up and I'd like to clean them up.

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The answer is within your question
by Dango517 / January 23, 2008 11:32 AM PST

From your post:

"I get that warning that some of my documents may not run"

In many instances programs are built upon programs. Programmers do not always start from the very beginning when creating a program they just add to a version they've already created. That's why sometimes you can't remove the older programs because the newer version is relying on it. Generally if you right click on a programs and choose properties there is a tab marked "Dependencies". If something is listed here don't remove it. If nothing is listed here sometimes you can remove it, others times you can't. It's best to just leave them alone. Sorry, it isn't any simpler then that. That's just the way it is (Shrug).

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Some programs
by PudgyOne / January 23, 2008 6:09 PM PST

like the ones you purchased, they need to update on their own.

Some people install the newer version on top of the older version. Some programs and updates, like net framework need all the versions to work properly.

Programs like adobe acrobat reader can be un-installed and then you can install the newer version. If you don't the newer version usually will remove the older version.

Look at the programs you have. If you have any doubt about which ones to keep and which ones to remove, post them, someone here will help lead you in the right direction.

Here is a program that will help you update your programs. Remember what I said, if you paid for it, let it do it's own thing. If you download and install a newer version of a paid program, you may have to pay again.

Here's the program to update your Flash Player, Java and other programs you have installed.

http://filehippo.com/updatechecker/


Rick

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Thanks, everyone.
by mrskelly / January 23, 2008 11:57 PM PST
In reply to: Some programs

I appreciate your answers. No one ever explained that to me.

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