Photoshop: Can I delete the contents of AdobePatchFiles

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The AdobePatchFiles folder contains 5.28 gb of files. 

Are these necessary?

Running the latest release of Adobe Cloud

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David Doonan

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Max Johnson, Champion

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I too would like to delete these files. When working on newer laptops with small SSDs, 2-6GB folders of what seem to be downloaded installation files is a huge waste of precious space...
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David Doonan

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Adobe Tech Support stated they should NOT be deleted
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
The answer is no. It will cause future patches to fail. That said, future versions should reduce the requirement for these.
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Patrick Philippot

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OK. We shouldn't delete these files. So they continue stacking up and eating disk space year after year. If you have an SSD as the system disk,  soon will come the time where disk space will become short. What will be the answer from Adobe then ? Just buy a bigger SSD and re-install ? Eliminate non-Adobe applications ?

This doesn't make sense. Among all these files, I'm sure that the vast majority is useless, especially those that are 2 or 3 years old. A cleaning tool should be made available in order to put some order in this mess. My system disk is not a garbage can.
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I agree with Patrick
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Dan Watson

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These are all old comments.  Something in a similar thread said that Adobe was going to take care of cleaning up old patch files, but years after this conversation, I cannot find the definitive answer to the huge number of patches on my system, many of which go back to 2012!!!  Any relevant updates?