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Is it safe to delete images?

by Vanillaman / June 27, 2008 11:45 PM PDT

I've just done another search in Windows Explorer, and for some time now have noticed a tonne of images on my system which I never use or am likely to use. Is it safe to delete all these images???

I don't know where most of them came from or how they got there. My guess is that some how they just accumulated over time while browsing, so you cam imagine how many there are. My OS is Windows XP Home Edition.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 27, 2008 11:50 PM PDT

Where are these images located? Which folder(s)?

Usually images you download yourself can be deleted as you wish, but many programs/applications use image files and deleting those could cause problems.

Mark

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by Vanillaman / June 28, 2008 12:01 AM PDT
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Hi Mark. Thes images are on my C hard drive, under "Picture & Photos" in Windows Explorer search?

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 28, 2008 6:07 AM PDT

That "Pictures and Photos" search in Windows Explorer will list every image on stored on your computer. Not only your own photos, if you have any, but also any images from the TIF folders, (Temporary Internet Files, which are cached from web sites you visit), and any images used by software such as games.

For example, I have just used "Pictures and Photos" search on my system and it has displayed a large number of images from my Tiger Woods Golf game. If I had deleted those, the game would fail to play. Many software application buttons and menu options are also images.

Those images are stored all over the place on your hard drive. If you go to the menu options buttons in Windows Explorer you will see one to the right of the Folders button. This is the Views button and if you click that, a list will display. Select "Details" and the images will change to file names with their locations.

If the Locations column is too narrow to see the full path or location, drag the column header partition between "In Folder" and "Size" to the right to expand the column width. That will show you were each image is stored.

You can select images you 'know' you don't want to keep, but do not delete them all.

Mark

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by Vanillaman / June 28, 2008 6:25 AM PDT

Hi Mark

Thanks very much. You've been very helpful. I've decided to keep them, just to be on the safe side.

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