Solved Can I delete ALL? Folders

November 9, 2013 at 06:35:03
Specs: Windows Vista
I have an old (about 5 Years) HP laptop which I would like to give. to my young grandson. There is very little space on the D drive so I would like to remove as much as possible, Are there files and folders that must not be removed or can I just get rid of everything ? Sorry, as you can tell I'm not very knowledgeable!

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November 9, 2013 at 07:42:06
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Don't remove any folders or files that you have not put there yourself. It's OK, for example, to remove pictures, documents, videos, music that you have added. If you hack away at system folders or files you will mess up the computer.

You can also go to "Control Panel > Programs and Features" then uninstall any non-system program you have added. This (unlike removing files and folders) will completely remove programs including their registry entries.

An alternative to the above is to do a complete Factory Restore so that the computer is as it was when purchased. This will then require Windows Updates, Flash Updates (etc) and download/installation of any important programs you wish to put back.

As per response below - it all depends what this D drive is. Let us know. The general drift of the above still applies if it is just a data drive, except that everything on it will be what you have added and know about.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 9, 2013 at 07:45:26
If D: is just used for storage of personal files and does not have Windows or any applications installed on it, you can delete whatever you like if you don't need the files or folders any more.

We can't tell you specifically what is okay to delete, only you know if you need it or not.

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