Do I delete left over files after uninstalling Flash Player?

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    Do I delete left over files after uninstalling Flash Player?


    Flash Player seems to be uninstalled from my pc but it is still showing in the Control Panel and there are files showing as you can see in the screenshot below. Can these files be deleted? Will it still be showing in the Control Panel?Do I delete left over files after uninstalling Flash Player?-2021-01-02_18-10-20.jpg

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    Any suggestions on this?
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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  3. Fabler2's Avatar
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    I had two folders left over, -

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\wow64_adobe-flash-for-windows_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.19041.571_none_13c86422fcdc755b

    and-

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\wow64_adobe-flash-for-windows_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.19041.1_none_ebe59bdc3d4ddc3f

    Removed both using 'Take Ownership'. Now 'search' doesn't find Flash Player.

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  4. Posts : 380
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    The folders I have are;
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    when trying to delete the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash folder I get this message;
    Do I delete left over files after uninstalling Flash Player?-2021-01-03_19-35-36.jpg
    And the Flash Player files found by Everything in the C: drive which I would like to delete, the files in the G: drive are my own created documents and pictures;
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    If I delete the folders on the first screenshot can I assume that, that would also delete the files as shown on the bottom screenshot?
    If I search just for Flash then there are 106 files which I assume are to do with Flash Player too?
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    Yes as you would find problems deleting those individually in the image of your first post. Paste C:\Windows\WinSx\ in the My PC File Explorer bar and scroll down to wow64_adobe-flash-for-​ ..... I found two for Adobe flash which removed with no issue after taking ownership. You might have to explore further as you have Macromedia. This is what I have now showing after removing what was left of Flash.

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  6. Posts : 380
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    Fabler2 said:
    Yes as you would find problems deleting those individually in the image of your first post. Paste C:\Windows\WinSx\ in the My PC File Explorer bar and scroll down to wow64_adobe-flash-for-​ ..... I found two for Adobe flash which removed with no issue after taking ownership. You might have to explore further as you have Macromedia. This is what I have now showing after removing what was left of Flash.

    Do I delete left over files after uninstalling Flash Player?-screenshot_6.png
    I have different file system! Only amd... in \WinSxS
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    scopio said:
    I have different file system! Only amd... in \WinSxS
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    You get the dropdown list automatically but you need to click on the right facing arrow in the top bar.
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  8. Posts : 380
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    Fabler2 said:
    You get the dropdown list automatically but you need to click on the right facing arrow in the top bar.
    Thanks I got it.
    I have three folders which seem to be the same so they must be updates.
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    The only file that will open is FlashPlayerApp.exe which opens
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    After deleting them there still remains lots of files with Flash Player names!
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    scopio said:
    Will it still be showing in the Control Panel?
    That is just an applet for control panel, not flash. You do not want to remove anything from WinSxS!
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  10. Fabler2's Avatar
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    TairikuOkami said:
    That is just an applet for control panel, not flash. You do not want to remove anything from WinSxS!
    That's the only way I could get rid of the remnants of flash being careful what I removed.

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