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Old 07-16-2007, 12:00 AM   #1
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Is it really bad for your computer to download a bunch of stuff and then take it off the same day that you downloaded it ?

Today I downloaded windows messenger, windows movie maker, yahoo messenger and Lime wire.

Well I have decided to take these off because I have better programs for this stuff. Would it be bad if i deleted them....right now ?
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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It frags up your HD, so make sure to defrag. Also some program files may be left over, but nothing major will happen.
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Are you sure ? Will it slow down my precious ?
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Nope. It wont slow you computer down if you do that. Just be sure to clean it all up when your done as Thelis suggested.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:13 AM   #5
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As long as you guys are sure. You have to be sure. How can you be so sure anyway !
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How can you be so sure anyway !
Experience But no, nothing bad will happen. Worse come to worse, just defrag your system, and run CCleaner if you are worried about the leftover registry keys.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:09 AM   #7
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Is it really bad for your computer to download a bunch of stuff and then take it off the same day that you downloaded it ?

Today I downloaded windows messenger, windows movie maker, yahoo messenger and Lime wire.

Well I have decided to take these off because I have better programs for this stuff. Would it be bad if i deleted them....right now ?
The drive is likely to get fragmented very badly. It happened to me when i deleted a whole bunch of unwanted programs and music/pic files. Following this, the PC started taking way too long for startup as well.
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The drive is likely to get fragmented very badly. It happened to me when i deleted a whole bunch of unwanted programs and music/pic files. Following this, the PC started taking way too long for startup as well.
I'm not saying "Don't listen to rsp5" because he IS speaking from experience, but it is unlikely that uninstalling 3 or 4 programs is going to do anything seriously bad to your PC. As suggested if you are like me, and tend to get a little worried, Run CCLEANER and also
Start>>All Programs>>Accessories>>System Tools>> Disk Defragmenter
and have the disk Analyzed, you'll probably find that you don't need to defrag, but if it is suggested that you should, then do so.

Defragging is a very regular procedure in alot of peoples system maintenance, the first one might take a while, but (from experience) if you get into a habit of Defragging every fortnight or once a month, the process will become much quicker and at the end of the day it will help keep your system clean and organize your hard drive, which (if it's only going to take a couple minutes) surely cant be a bad thing.


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Old 07-20-2007, 05:16 PM   #9
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I'd recommend running CCleaner:
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:55 PM   #10
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windows' built in defrager isnt very good,
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You can install then remove the same program as many times as you want, the only thing to be carefully of if is a program that when installed goes into a shared file used by another program, as deleting shared folders can end up giving you a big head ache if done wrongly, I download and install software constantly to test them then remove them sometimes less than an hour later with no problems so you will be fine, defragging the drive regular is recommended to clean up all the odds and sods that get left behind.
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But above all unistall the program from add/remove programs. Deleting the file from the program folder can leave entries in the reg that take up space and xp has to keep up with. I do a lot of beta testing so I add and remove a lot of software on a regular basis.
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Defragmenting doesnt make that much a difference in the long term as I had a computer which had not had HDD maintenance in three years, defragmented it 5 times and it made no difference so I reformatted. Now its like its brand new all over again so be wary of that.
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I agree with Tom Knox, how much the performance is affected by fragmentation would probably depend on the severity and also usage. For someone who doesnt use the computer for heavy tasks, they might not notice much difference. However if you are used to disk intensive applications, you will definitely feel the hit; sustained heavy fragmentation might lead to stability problems.
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