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Uninstall and temp. files

How to make sure that any programs uninstall completely in the computer?
and
how to find all the temp. files in the computer?

thanks for your answers!!

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1. Trust the maker supplied uninstaller. However, realise this doesn't uninstall things added later by the program. You've got to do that yourself.

2. With Windows Explorer.
c:\windows\temp and Temporary Internet files spring to mind, but they can be cleared with the Disk Cleanup Wizard and/or IE Tools>Internet Options. And then we have files with names starting with a ~ (mostly temp-files) or with a .tmp extension (temp files by convention) that can be everywhere or autobackup's of MS Word. And some older programs might use c:\temp or c:\tmp folders.

Also note there's no good definition of a temp file. It's up to you if you think your IRS-data of 1998 or a letter you wrote in 2000 or a mp3-file you don't like any more temporary enough to delete by now or want to keep them forever. Or, maybe more apt, a bitmap of a scan you did yesterday and have printed already.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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What do you mean by "However, realise this doesn't uninstall things added later by the program. You've got to do that yourself."?

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uninstall temp files

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hi just thought I could help if you go to start clik on find then clik on files and folders then in the box put *.tmp,*.chk,~*.* put exactly as shown do not forget the tilde it is above the tab key but dont forget to shift this key. when all tmp files come up that u want to delete on the c:hard drive key the CTRL+A key together it will hilite them then just hit the delete key by the enter key.make sure that they r all temp files first before deleteing, thats a comma after the chk dont forget it.
hope this has been of some help
canadianjeepgirl

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Of course use add/delete programs in Control Panel. After an uninstall there might be a file that stays in programs. Use a program like System Cleaner to identify and delete unused files.

To find all your temp files. Click on start/Find and type in *.temp

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(NT) (NT) Cullen, I Think You Mean *.tmp

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Iwan,

In regards to making sure that programs uninstall completely, I basically depend on the programs uninstaller, then I visit the programs site and check for any manual uninstall instructions. With "large" programs, there are frequently file and registry entries left over. Still, for most situations, (not all) a few leftovers aren't really that important.

Just a link to procedures for finding those unnecessary files:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

Hope this helps.

Grif

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So, the files and registry entries left over aren't that important. But is it safe to delete them?

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Iwan, That Depends On The Specific's

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There is no easy answer. Sometimes, "shared" files remain on the computer because they are being used by other programs. Sometimes, they aren't. Each program removal will be different and you'll need to "know" which files are safe to delete and which ones aren't. That's why it's a good idea to check to see if there are manual removal instructions provided for the program. Beyond that, generally, if the files reside in a folder which was specific to that program, they are safe to remove. On the other hand, you'll need to be careful with .dll files that reside in the "Windows/System" or "Windows/System32" folders.

In regards to the registry, it is much the same. On Windows 2000/XP computers, removing a few remnant registry entries doesn't seem to make a lot of difference. It's safer to leave them alone..BUT if you are familiar with the workings within the registry and you know which keys are designated to that particular program only, then they can be safe to remove. Once again, it's a good idea to know EXACTLY what you're removing before doing so. Whenever you are removing entries from the registry, ALWAYS make a back that allows you to restore the registry should something go wrong.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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