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#1 Dogman2

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 02:38 PM

Don't know where this question should go.  When I open the file explorer in Win10 and say I then go to my "downloads" list.  Sometimes there appears to be multiple versions of the same thing or program. They may be updates or just me forgetting that I have downloaded and tried various versions of the same thing?

 

Can I remove the older versions and just keep the latest one or do they all need to be on the hard drive?

 

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 03:05 PM

Hi Dogman2 :)

You do not need to keep anything in your Downloads folder. The Downloads folder is where every file you download through your web browsers ends up: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc. If you don't need these files anymore, you can freely delete them. Also, if you have files with similar names, but with a number appended at the end (like in the screenshot), it means that you downloaded a file from the web that had the same name as one in your Downloads folder, and therefore Windows automatically renamed it. In your screenshots, only lastpass_x64 and lastpass_x64 (1) seems to be the same file (based on their file size which is the same). The two others might have been later downloads of lastpass_x64.

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 05:35 PM

Just to expand on Aura's comments, Windows by convention has added the " (number)" ending to files that you download to the same folder (whether it's Downloads or you've specifically chosen to save it elsewhere) if you accidentally begin to download the same file while the other is still in progress.  If you download the same item after it's already been completed and attempt to save it to the same folder with the same name you get the "already exists" warning and question whether you want to replace it.

 

Copied items pasted to the same folder have "- Copy" added to their names upon paste.


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 08:07 PM

Thanks very much to both of you. Resolves on of things that made me nervous.



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Posted 17 November 2015 - 09:03 PM

No problem Dogman, you're welcome :)

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