Can I delete the unzipped driver files after I've installed the new drivers?

By Elliah ยท 5 replies
Jul 3, 2008
  1. i've been updating the drivers on my dell inspiron 1420 and the driver files i download from are unzipped to a folder on my C: drive in a dell/driver folder...i was wondering if it was safe to delete them?
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    If you installed them you can delete but it wouldn't hurt to have them tucked away if you ever need to reformat.
  3. Daproblemis

    Daproblemis TS Rookie Posts: 46

    totally correct.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    I'm sort of a pack rat, and I save the .exe installer files on my second hard drive always, as well as in "My Documents".
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    I save mine but on CDs or DVDs. Not better or worse, just my preference.
  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    my first instinct was say delete 'em if you want to, you can always download again if every needed (and maybe an improved one too), but then.....

    There might be a limited time span (a few years) after which they just disappear....

    Then again, there are many sites such as which specialise in archiving old, old drivers.

    So what do I do? I have an entire partition called 'setups' in which I keep the original downloaded .zip or .exe. I rename it to be sure exactly what it is though, most driver zips are totally cryptic.
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