Windows 10: How can I free up drive space

  1.    03 Apr 2017 #1

    How can I free up drive space

    How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows?
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  3.    03 Apr 2017 #3

    Dear Adrian:
    NavyLCDR is absolutely right, but there's more you can do above and beyond Disk Cleanup. I've blogged or written about this topic many times, so here are some links:
    1. SearchEnterpriseDesktop "How to create more Windows 10 disk space"
    2. "How to reduce Windows 10's on-disk footprint"
    3. Windows Enterprise Desktop blog "Another Nice System Drive Cleanup Maneuver"
    4. Pearson QUE: "Reducing the Amount of Storage Space Required for Windows Driver Store"
    You will also find tutorials here at TenForums that describe how to move folder locations from the boot/system drive to other drives (a great way to free up space on tight boot/system drives) by running this search.
    For really constrained disk situations, this tutorial is also quite helpful: Compress or Uncompress Windows 10 with Compact OS - Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials .
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       03 Apr 2017 #4

    To find out just how much can be recovered, in an elevated command prompt type:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /analyzeComponentStore

    For your options, type:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /?

    The most powerful (Note the WARNING!) being the ResetBase option:
    /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup [/ResetBase [/Defer]]
      Use /StartComponentCleanup to clean up the superseded components and reduce
      the size of the component store. Use /ResetBase to reset the base of
      superseded components, which can further reduce the component store size.
      Use /Defer with /ResetBase to defer long-running cleanup operations to the
      next automatic maintenance.
     WARNING!  The installed Windows Updates cannot be uninstalled after the
      /StartComponentCleanup with /ResetBase operation is completed.
    My system has been progressively updated since the initial upgrade to 10240 in July 2015. ResetBase recovered some 3-4GB, and that's on top of regularly using Disk Clean-up to clean up system files and windows updates.
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