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Why is my computer taking away disk space when I uninstall programs?

Asked by Nevada83 (238points) 2 weeks ago

I had 4.11 GB free of 27.8 GB when I started to uninstall a few programs, and when I uninstalled them, I had 3.93 GB free. Why is that?

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johnpowell's avatar

What operating system are you using? I am going to assume Windows but I would like confirmation.

Nevada83's avatar

Yes, windows.

Lightlyseared's avatar

It might be worth looking in programs folder to see if the uninstall program actually deleted the files.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I don’t know why this happened, but a couple of utilities will probably help.

Disk Cleanup is included with Windows
Disk cleanup in Windows 10
How to Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Vista

Revo Uninstaller does a more thorough job of removing associated files than many self-uninstallers. There is a free version and a Pro version. I’ve used the free one without wishing I bought the pro.
Revo Uninstaller

DarknessWithin's avatar

Perhaps check your programs folder in file explorer to ensure that all components have been deleted.
The uninstaller won’t always delete everything, usually, a pop-up will appear with notification that this is the case but perhaps it can occur without notification as well.

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