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I recently downloaded Acrobat Reader 5.1: a 13 MB "exe" file. When it finished downloading, I double-clicked the file, and it installed the software in my C:/Program Files.

However, I thought I could delete the original downloaded file (which was called Acroreader51_ENU_full.exe and which I saved on a separate partition) because I assumed that it was just an "installer" that wasn't needed anymore (as was the case with other software I have downloaded).

However, it would not let me delete or move this file (gives the message "Access denied.") I also tried copying it, but it doesn't appear to copy everything (many properties that appeared in the original file were absent from the copied version).

Does this mean the file is necessary for Acrobat Reader to work properly?I thought that the downloaded installer file - even if it is an .exe - was not needed anymore once it did its job and installed the software. Are some "installers" different? Can someone enlighten me please?

P.S. I was having trouble downloading the file Acroreader51_ENU_full.exe in Windows, so I tried doing so on my Mac (which worked). I saved it to a "shared folder" (a folder which the PC and Mac share). I never had problems moving or deleting files from this shared folder before, but could it possibly be a problem this time? (Maybe Windows thinks I don't have permission to move an .exe file...)

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Reboot, and you can delete the install file, it's not required after you install. The installer is apparently still camped on it, a reboot will fix that.
 

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I keep a File called My Downloads just in case I need to reload previous Downloads for some reason or another. I delete any that I no longer require and have never had a problem and i would suspect that once you shut down and restart, you will be able to delete that folder. You don't need it to run the program.
 
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