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Uninstalling Files

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#1 ECKgirl


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Posted 29 May 2008 - 12:50 AM

Hi, I am a bit anxious about getting into the depths of my PC so please bear with me. I have uninstalled an old version of Photoshop Elements and there were files left over (which did not uninstall automatically) which I would like to clear out if they will no affect anything else. I have installed a new version of the same program. The files are
Can anyone tell me what sort of files they are, what they are for and is it safe for me to delete them?

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 01:19 AM

Hello ECKgirl and :thumbsup: to Bleeping Computer.

What directories are these files located in?
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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:34 AM

While I don't know what these files are for, I'll tell you what I do when I'm stumped like this.
I move (not copy) the files to a Temporary folder on my Desktop and make a note of where each one came from, then I wait a week or two.
If I don't get any errors, then I delete them to the Recycle Bin - that gives me another week or two until they're emptied from the Recycle Bin.

If you get an error it'll likely tell you about the file it couldn't find, then you just move that file back to the place that it's supposed to be and all should be OK.

CAVEAT: I only do this with files that aren't a part of the core Windows operating system. But yours don't appear to be that type, so the procedure above should be safe.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:18 AM

Hello ECKgirl and :thumbsup: to Bleeping Computer.

What directories are these files located in?


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