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Deleting old software that's been updated

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I'm trying to clean up my 'puter and I have a bunch of Java updates in my Add/Remove Programs that count 119mb per update.

    Can I delete the older updates and just keep the latest update?
  2. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    You can delete the earlier Java installs. Just keep the most recent.

    119 mb / update? That sounds a little big. Are you certain those are not MS updates from Windows update? Don't delete those.
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I've got five Java runtime updates

    J2SE runtime environment 5.0 Update 2 (117MB), 4 (118mb), and 6 (119mb)

    Java runtime environment, SE v1 4.2_03 (136)

    Java (TM) 6 Update 3 (111mb)


    Sooo, which one do I keep?
  4. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Yes you can un-install those.

    I would ditch 6 and 5. I only use v1 4.2_03 on my Dell XPS 700 system here at the house. No problems.

    If you go to control panel and pull up JAVA - you can check which version your system is running.
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    This particular computer is a Dell Inspiron 1150.

    Took me a min to figure out where to find Java. I was in the Category View.

    Says I'm I'm running Java SE 6 v1.6.0. Does that mean I can delete every one, but the Java TM 6?
  6. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    That is exactly what it means. Happy deleting WG. ;)
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Yippee!!! That gives me half a gig of space.
  8. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    After you uninstall a bunch of stuff like that it is always good to run defrag and check disk sometime to increase you performance as well
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I'll do that this weekend, as well.

    Got another software deletion question.

    I had Office XP w/Frontpage. I just installed Office 2003 and am considering installing Office 2007. Kinda nervous about that. Anyway, if I uninstall Office XP w/Frontpage, will that hurt anything? That takes up about 240mb+
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Just uninstall it and and install the new office.

    It is better to have a whole new install over adding to the older one in most cases.

    Same with your Java...you could have uninstalled all of those updateds, uninstalled java itself. Then went and downloaded the newest version and did the updates from that.

    What you might also want to do is get a registry cleaning program as some programs leave trace elements in the registry even after you have done an uninstall.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Okey dokey. Can you recommend any registry cleaning programs?


    I've been cleaning up my laptop. I've got to do this on my desktop, as well.
  12. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Adobe Products tend to do a bad job of uninstalling and leaving residue in you program files directory where it was installed and the registry.

    In fact I do not even use adobe reader anymore I use foxit reader (it is free) it is smaller opens faster and is not the pig on resources that adobe reader is. Plus it plays nice with firefox which adobe does not always do.
  13. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Symantec is really bad as well.
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I don't know any of the newer ones.

    I have one saved on disk somewhere called regcleaner that seemed to do a nice job. But I am sure you can go to one of the free download sites and find a good one.

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