Delete old software apps after update?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Soper777, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Soper777 macrumors newbie

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    I have a mac bookPro.

    There are many programs or operating systems installed on the computer that have the original software program/system and now I assume from updates there are now many more of the same programs that end with: .app / 1.app / 2.app / 3.app etc. or .dmg /1.dmg / 2.dmg / 3.dmg etc.


    Can the original and older ones be deleted or are they a necessary link to be left installed for the programs / systems to work.

    I am concerned if I delete them the program might not work -- but if they are not necessary I don't want them taking up extra hard drive space and perhaps ram or processor speed.

    Does any one have any experience about deleting these - or knowledge if it is necessary to leave them installed.

    Thanks
     
  2. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    If iupdate doesn't do it for you already (as in replacing it), you are safe to delete the 'old' app. Apps are self-executing files and if there are two version, only the latest is necessary.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    Mac OS X is the name of the Operating System (OS, as in Mac OS X) and there will only be one version of Mac OS X on the MBP you use (unless you installed Mac OS X onto several partitions of your HDD to each have its own Mac OS X).
    An OS is the environment you see wherein you can run applications and access your digital data.

    Normally during a Software Update (Apple's version of updating Mac OS X), older versions get replaced and no leftovers are ... left.
    The same is most likely happening during normal application updates, like Firefox or similar.

    Can you please make a screenshot (http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_Mac_OS_X) and attach it to your next post ([​IMG])?

    It seems, that something has ****ed up your system, as this is something I haven't come upon in seven years use of Mac OS X.



    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
    + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_software
     
  4. Soper777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    here is the screen shots

    Here are two different screen shots
     

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  5. simsaladimbamba

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    I see you use some kind of third party system utility tool (MacKeeper).
    Can you select some of the duplicates and let you show them in Finder?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    I notice that you have downloaded the same version of several applications multiple times. Why?

    As to your original question, if your new version of a software title is a standalone application and not just an update, then there is no downside to deleting the old version. If the new version is just an update, then your decision should be based on how you plan to reinstall the software in the event of a catastrophic failure.

    BTW, there is certainly nothing to be gained by keeping multiple copies of the same software. Delete all but the first download.
     
  7. Soper777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    soper777: Yes I can.
     
  8. Soper777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What does it mean if I can locate the application
     

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