Need More Room on Boot SSD! - What Can I Delete?

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    Need More Room on Boot SSD! - What Can I Delete?

    I am in a real pickle. I cannot fix a problem in Windows, so am going to reinstall Windows. Or so I thought. I upgraded from Win7 to Win10 and see I need to create media to reinstall Win10. Microsoft has a tool for this. Great. Tried to run it, and it says I need 8 GB of free space. I have 5 GB. I don't what I can delete on this 64GB SSD. There is lot of stuff on it, most of which I have no idea on what it is. I do not want to delete something crucial to Windows operating.

    Any tips on what folders and files I can delete would be very helpful. If I can include a screen shot here, I can share what is on the drive. As an aside, the problem that is leading to all this is.

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    Hoping a new Windows install will fix. Need a bigger SSD and Win install anyway...I cannot even do the latest Win10 update as it too wants 8 GB of space.

    Thank you.

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  2. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2

    Do you have a secondary Mechanical HDD attached to the computer? If so, you can change the location of your User Files and move all of your personal files to that HDD freeing up a lot of space on your SSD. How to Change the Location of User Folders in Windows 10 - dummies
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  3. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Try the following.
    1. Run Disk Cleanup in user mode and admin mode.
    2. Install CCleaner, choose analyse and delete unneeded files. Also review the system restore points and delete old ones.
    3. Delete temporary files in all directories like c:\Users\username\AppData and c:\windows\temp
    4. Use Tree Size Free to review which files/folders are taking up remaining space and delete those not needed
    5. Consider using Wise Disk Cleaner but use with care
    6. Move large user folders e.g. documents, photos & movies to another drive if you have one
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)

    Hi please read through ideas and linked post here where this was discussed:
    Making Space to C drive - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. swarfega's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    You can remove the hibernation files as they take up a lot of space. If your PC doesnt take that long to boot up, then you can safely disable hibernation.

    Open an elevated command prompt and type powercfg -h off
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  6. Posts : 1,359

    Or get a bigger SSD.
    A 128 GB SSD is marginal these days, and you have only half of that. You'll never regret having more.
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