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When you installed a video game from a CD or a DVD, you installed some redistributable packages too: DirectX, Games For Windows Live Redist, VC Redist, Rapture3D, NVidia PhysX Redist, etc. They were installed from the CD/DVD, and those installers didn't stay on your hard drive.
The Steam application allows you to download games from the Internet and install them, but what about these redistributable packages ? You probably saw they are installed the first time you launch your game, OK, but what happens to these files when they go wasted ? The answer is very simple: Steam doesn't delete them. An example: install the first complete season of Sam & Max (6 episodes): every episode is about ~300MB. For each of them, you can count 100MB for the DirectX redistributable package. Yes, it is about a third of the game files size, and they are not removed by Steam. For 6 episodes, you could save 600MB. Imagine what you could save for 10 or 20 games.
A little tool that is able to list every redistributable package stored on your Steam directories, and allows you to remove them. This is the goal of TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner. This is a very simple program: set the Steam SteamApps folder (this is a sub-folder of the Steam application), click "Search", you choose what file or folder you want to remove.
To download the latest version of TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner,
You can also visit the download page at http://sourceforge.net/projects/tikione/files/tikione-steam-cleaner/. For each version, you will find the main program (
tikione-steam-cleaner-x.y.z.zip), its sources (
tikione-steam-cleaner-x.y.z-src.zip), and the
changelog file (
As TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner is a Java-based program, ensure you have already installed Java (version 7 or better).
You can download the latest version of Java at http://www.java.com. Install Java 7 or better.
The program is packaged in a ZIP file. Unzip it and double-click to the
The program starts.
...button to locate it manually.
That's all, you can now close the program ;)
Steam will automatically download games's redistributable packages again in two cases:
VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE...functionality on a game.
That's why TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner allows you to unchek items (and automatically remembers your choices) to save your Internet bandwidth.
TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner is free and OpenSource. You don't have to pay for it. You are free to modify this program and redistribute it
according to the GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1.
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