W7 Program Files vs Program Data

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  1. emmjay

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    Today I uninstalled Nero 8 Essentials from my W7Pro/32 laptop using Windows Uninstaller. It came as bloatware (1.7GB) on my PC and I have never used it.
    After the uninstall it asked for a Restart, which I did.

    I opened CCleaner/Registry Tools after this and there were about 30 remnants which I deleted. There was also a start-up task for it showing in WinPatrol so I removed it from there and rebooted again.

    A windows search showed no more instances of the product, however in Windows Explorer under Program Data it is still there. Why is this?
    What if I were to delete it from Program Data (should I)? Is this some kind of recovery data base for products I uninstall? I also noticed that Immunet is also there and I uninstalled it about 6 months ago.
     
  2. Joxx

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    It's normal for uninstalled programs to leave remnants in Program Data, Program Files, AppData etc.
    It's safe to delete them.
     
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    I think it's actually safer to remove those folders than to remove the registry keys.
     
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    Can you answer this as I have already deleted the applications and their remnants.
     
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    The answer you deserve would violate Forum Policy.
     
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    Emmjay, you are fine deleting that folder. I would have done the same.

    Bo
     
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    Pay no attention... I misread the OP's post.
    Must have been that bottle of Scotch:oops:
     
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    Tnx everybody I appreciate your responses. Joxx, get the single blend next time.
    I will delete the folders in Program Data. I am still unclear why Program Files and Program Data are not in sync. Is Program Data supposed to retain everything you ever installed on your PC ? If so, why?
     
  11. Wroll

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    Because some devs are lazy.

    Nevermind, the answer. Wrong reading. I thought you asked why uninstalled programs don't take their garbage with them.
     
  12. Joxx

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    Under normal circumstances when you install a program it will put its stuff in several folders. Program Files will contain executables, ProgramData will contain generic supporting files and AppData will contain user-specific files.
    When that program is uninstalled everything related to it should go (including drivers, registry keys etc.). If it doesn't is the uninstaller's fault.
    Why so many (most?) programs don't uninstall properly is something I could never understand. Maybe Wroll is right when saying the devs are lazy.
     
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    That's as good an explanation as any.

    Quite how some vendors can manage to clean up all traces of their product upon uninstallation,while others leave behind a truckload of detritus is a mystery.

    Nero,which has "evolved" to the size of an OS is certainly one of the latter.
     
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