--- a/makefile.win32
+++ b/makefile.win32
@@ -2,7 +2,6 @@
 # Running make creates config.h then calls the sub makefiles.
 # Other targets are:
-#	deps: delete the dependencies so they are regenerated on next make
 #	clean: clean all generated files
 #	install: install to DESTDIR
@@ -41,14 +40,11 @@
 config.h: win32-config.h
 	$(CP) $< $@
-	-$(RM) tagmanager/ctags/deps.mak tagmanager/mio/deps.mak tagmanager/src/deps.mak scintilla/deps.mak plugins/deps.mak src/deps.mak
 # used by src/makefile.win32 to avoid del ../file which is an error
 	-$(RM) geany_private.res geany.exe
-clean: deps
 	$(MAKE) -C tagmanager/ctags -f makefile.win32 clean
 	$(MAKE) -C tagmanager/mio -f makefile.win32 clean
 	$(MAKE) -C tagmanager/src -f makefile.win32 clean
@@ -56,7 +52,7 @@
 	$(MAKE) -C plugins -f makefile.win32 clean
 	$(MAKE) -C src -f makefile.win32 clean
-.PHONY: all clean clean-local deps install
+.PHONY: all clean clean-local install
 # likely requires admin privileges
 # mkdir output is ignored in case dir exists