Does deleting files completely remove them

Question

I have "deleted files" on a regular basis through "internet options" under "view". However, when I do "scan disk", it reports 22K+ of "hidden files". I have checked that "show all files" is selected under system tools. What are these files, where are they, and how do I delete them if they are truly unnecessary (sidebar: how do I determine that?)? Also, how do I determine what my hard drive capacity, video card manufacturer, and network card are (this is asked for under your "system details")? Thank you. Cat Midgley

Answer

This question was answered on October 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you delete files you only remove the icon all programs stores it self in the registry see microsoft.com about registry moreover it is possible to delete files in the registry but you should leave that to a professional, one slip and you could cripple your system.

also make youre that your remove all programs through the add and remove program in control:

Open Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel

Click Add New Programs, and then click Windows Update

Follow the instructions to locate and add new Windows features, system updates, and device drivers

Note

To open Add or Remove Programs, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs

FROM START; GO INTO HELP AND SUPPORT;

ON THE TOOL BAR, CLICK ON SUPPORT

IN THE SNAP IN (LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN), CLICK ON MY COMPUTER INFORMATION

YOU'LL SEE A MY COMPUTER SCREEN COME UP, IN THAT SCREEN, CLICK ON VIEW GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COMPUTER

HERE YOU CAN SEE ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 30, 2004