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Deleting program files (including games) is not a good way to remove a program from your computer. It needs to be done properly.
My question is: you told me that if I delete games, this frees up disk space. My question today is if the games are put in the Recycle Bin, does this free up disk space too? Or do the games need to be completely removed from my notebook?
In this excerpt from Answercast #36, I look at deleting games from a computer to free up some space – just moving its file to the Recycle Bin is not going to cleanly uninstall the program.
Games (or any kind of file that shows up in your Recycle Bin) have not freed up any space.
That kind of a delete, which is a manual delete (you're clearly doing it in Windows Explorer), actually just moves the file into the Recycle Bin and doesn't free up any space until you empty the Recycle Bin.
Once you empty the Recycle Bin:
All of the files within it are then removed from the hard disk.
And the space is freed up.
I point out that you're doing this manually because most games are installed with a setup program. That implies that rather than just deleting the files, what you really should be doing is running the "uninstall" for that program.
The uninstall will go ahead and actually delete the files and free up the disk space. It will also do a few more things, like remove the game from your registry and so forth. More importantly, it will properly uninstall the program so that most of its traces have been removed completely.
And yes, like I said, that will in fact remove the files and free up the
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