Google – Chrome – Left over installation files

Background

Ever so often Google’s Chrome install fails and leaves behind huge install files.

Let us see how to identify and remove some of those files.

 

Folder

Depending on the bitness, 32 or 64 bit, the location we will be dealing with will vary.

  1. 32 bit
    • C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install
  2. 64 bit
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\Install

Files

MS Windows

Using Window Search, here are the files we identified

NumerousInstallerFiles

 

Space Sniffer

GoogleInstallAndUpdateFiles

 

Files Details

Installer

GoogleInstallFileNarrow

Update

GoogleUpdateFileNarrow

 

Accumulated File Size

PowerShell



Function sizeFolder($path) # Return the size in MB.
{
    $objFSO = New-Object -com  Scripting.FileSystemObject
    ("{0:N2} MB" -f (($objFSO.GetFolder($path).Size) / 1MB))
}

$path = "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install"

sizeFolder $path


Output:

PowerShellFolderSize

Remove Files

Dos Batch:


@Rem Remove Installer Files
dir "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install\*_Chrome_Installer.exe" /s
del "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install\*_Chrome_Installer.exe" /s

@Rem Remove Updater Files
dir "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install\*_Chrome_Updater.exe" /s
del "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Install\*_Chrome_Updater.exe" /s

Revisit Folder Size

Output:

PowerShellFolderSizeAfter

 

Special Mention

Though, the point is clearly missed here, but I really do like the SpaceSniffer software; as it is very good at locating storage hoggers when they are hidden in nested locations or just spread across various relatively smaller files.

The interface is nice and it really should not be freeware, but for the heart of Uderzo Umberto.

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