Windows 10 Home storage configuration on Notebook


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    Windows 10 Home storage configuration on Notebook


    Hi everyone

    I am sjc312 and am a long-standing member of sevenforums. Like many other W7 users, I am now making the transition to W10, and have started with a new ASUS E203M notebook, 4GBram and 64GB storage, with the intention of using it primarily for web browsing and emails only. I immediately upgraded the OS from Windows 10S to Windows 10 Home to enable me to install non-Windows store apps, and also installed a 64GB SDXC card to expand the limited storage, setting all new apps etc to install onto the SD card.

    After several Windows updates, the storage is now down to 12.7GB, with Apps (6.24GB) and Temporary files (23.4GB), raising my concerns that the future use of the notebook is unsustainable. With dozens more updates to come and my plans to install an HP printer and a Canon scanner, I would greatly welcome advice on how to configure the OS and SD card in order to properly set up the notebook for long term use. For example, I am willing to install a 200GB SDXC card in order to fix the issue permanently.

    I have read the tutorial “Change Save Location for New Apps in Windows 10” by Mr. Brink.

    Many thanks guys.
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    Hi, just by way of illustration- on this laptop, bought essentially for travelling, so I don't keep much in the way of personal documents on it, some 62Gb of my 256GB SSD is in use. I have some 121 programs installed, including Avast.

    These may help:
    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10
    Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10
    Compress or Uncompress Windows 10 with Compact OS

    Using Ccleaner intelligently with, say, Wiztree (which gives a tree and graphical representation of usage of space) and selectively adding locations to be cleaned can help recover space.
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    Use option 2 here:
    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    Just be careful selecting the "Downloads" - you might not want to select that. I select everything else. Then follow that with this command:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
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    Thanks dalchina and NavyLCDR.

    I will post an update once I complete Option 2.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Use option 2 here:
    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    Just be careful selecting the "Downloads" - you might not want to select that. I select everything else. Then follow that with this command:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
    Hi NavyLCDR

    I have completed Step 1 of the Disk Cleanup process, and my storage now stands at 22.1GB used and 36.1GB free. I am, however, unsure of how to run the DISM command on Windows 10 e.g. in Win7 I have always ran commands offline and in Safe Mode.

    Can I attempt the same with the ResetBase command, or do I have to be in Normal Mode as well as online?
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    sjc312 said:
    Hi NavyLCDR

    I have completed Step 1 of the Disk Cleanup process, and my storage now stands at 22.1GB used and 36.1GB free. I am, however, unsure of how to run the DISM command on Windows 10 e.g. in Win7 I have always ran commands offline and in Safe Mode.

    Can I attempt the same with the ResetBase command, or do I have to be in Normal Mode as well as online?
    Couldn't tell you. I've always just run it in normal online Windows.
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    Wise Disk Cleaner is good at cleaning up stuff missed by Disk Cleaner Wise Disk Cleaner - Free Disk Cleanup and Defrag Tool
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    I ran the command successfully, and storage is now 20.7GB used, 37.4GB free; incredible. Storage Sense is turned on and I will now run wise disk cleaner.

    Thanks to dalchina, NavyLCDR, and Steve C.
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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Note that e.g. dmp files may be created in unexpected places and fill space, for example. Occasionally running a program such as Wiztree can be informative- then add specific folders/file types to be cleaned to whatever you use for periodic cleaning e.g. Ccleaner.
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