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DOWNLOADS folder in XP

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  1. cci704

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    In reviewing my files/folders I notice that the DOWNLOADS folder has files downloaded several years ago. When, and is it a good idea to delete these files when you are done with them??
     
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    Windows XP doesn't come with a Downloads folder like Windows Vista and Windows 7 does.
    Is it a folder that you created years ago?
    What's the exact file path of that folder?
    If it contains files for programs that you downloaded and installed years ago, they are safe to delete.

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    Well, not in the same place, but by default in XP there is a C:\downloads folder (assuming XP is installed in the "C drive").

    I delete files as soon as I am done with them (except when I forget to).
     
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    C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents/DOWNLOADS

    It appears as though any file I download from email or any product winds up here in this folder
     
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    C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents/DOWNLOADS
     
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    Something you might want to consider doing.

    Create a My Downloads (or whatever name you want) folder right on the desktop.

    When you need to download a file, program, etc., direct it to be saved inside that folder.

    You will then know exactly where to find them and will have quick and easy access to them. (y)

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    Not on the desktop, please!!.
    It really annoys me when software sites tell you to download to the desktop.
    Ideally all you should have on your desktop is POINTERS to files elsewhere.

    The size of the desktop folder seriously affects the speed of both loading and running Windows.
     
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    I wasn't advising to use that desktop folder as a permanent storage location, but as a temporary holding location until you install or move whatever you download and save in it.

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    Frank, you may move them, but I've had dozens of machines to fix where that was the biggest problem.
    Next biggest fault is lack of AV, and then it's missing updates.
     
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    I've worked on computers where the desktop was strewn with file icons because their owner didn't know any better than to direct and save them in a single location - which is why I instruct and encourage them to use a single location on the desktop.

    We all have different ways of working on and setting up computers - which is what works best for us and hopefully works best for our clients.

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