How to Delete Downloaded Programs


PC users are free to choose which programs they wish to download. With that benefit comes the burden of managing those programs. Programs sometimes download to the hard drive as an "executable" files (.EXE), which help with installation and set-up. After program installation is complete, those initial temporary files might linger, depleting valuable hard drive space. Microsoft has designed Windows 7 to gather and store most downloaded files in a specific folder, and this is where you can erase unnecessary programs.

  • Log into the Windows user account that is used to download and install programs, usually an administrator account.

  • Click "Start." Type "Downloads" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter" to open the "Downloads" folder that's specific to the user account log-in.

  • Look in the right pane to review the downloaded programs stored on the hard drive.

  • Right-click on a single program file. Select "Delete" from the pop-up menu to remove that downloaded program from the hard drive.

  • Press the "Ctrl" and "A" keys on the keyboard to highlight all files in the Downloads folder. Right-click on any area within the highlighted files. Select "Delete" from the menu to remove all downloaded programs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the Windows "Disk Cleanup" utility to have the operating system automatically delete unnecessary files, including downloaded programs that might get directed to the Downloads folder.

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