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  1.    25 May 2016 #1

    Not enough space for upgrade

    I'm in possession of a Lenovo Yoga 300, which has Win 8.1 on it. I offered to upgrade it to Win 10 for the owner (the notification says it's fine for this). However, the SSD is only ~20Gb, and after a disk cleanup has only approx 5 or 6Gb's free. Windows upgrade said it needed more (16 free if I recall).
    How do I get around this? There's no optical drive, so would I be able to use a USB thumb drive to install 10, would that get around it? If I could get Win 10 on it through upgrade procedure, I could format the SSD and do a clean install via the USB again. If I'm right? Or do I tell them they're stuck with 8.1?
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  2.    25 May 2016 #2

    the reason you do not have enough space for the upgrade - is because windows 10 will rewrite the current OS and place the old OS in the Windows.old folder... Thus you really will have 2 OS's on current disk...

    If you have a SDCard insert it into the bay and proceed with the upgrade..
    windows should use the SDCard and move the windows.old folder over to it...
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  3.    25 May 2016 #3

    I don't own an SD card, only a thumb drive that's 4Gig. That's my only option.
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       25 May 2016 #4

    That Lenovo is a Tablet and it should have a slot for an SDHC or MicroSDXC card, my Dell Venue 8 has 32GB drive and I added a 64GB MicroSDXC card.
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  5.    25 May 2016 #5

    I don't possess an SD card. That's why I'm wondering if it's possible to do it via a USB stick.
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  6.    25 May 2016 #6

    You can create a Windows 10 installation USB:
    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Clean everything off the "disk" on the tablet you can - I think this all works under Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10:
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Reset Windows updates, I also think this works in Windows 8.1:
    Windows Update - Reset in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    I would NOT recommend doing a clean install until you obtain more storage resources because you will probably need to save drivers from the tablet first, and it would be a good idea to save an image of the "disk" first also. I put "disk" in quotes because it is really eMMC and not a disk. Although really - it is very highly recommended that you make an image of the existing "disk" first before upgrading anyway.

    Hopefully that cleans enough off the "disk" on the tablet and you can run setup.exe from the USB flash drive to upgrade to Windows 10.
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  7.    25 May 2016 #7

    I see, thanks. I think I'm going to buy an SD card for it, 32 or 64, and do it that way, it could do with extra storage anyway, 20Gb is nothing. They better appreciate it! :)

    Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the assistance.
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  8.    25 May 2016 #8

    Might want to read my experience upgrading tablets:
    Important precautions to take before upgrading to Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9.    25 May 2016 #9

    One of the biggest problems with Tablets - is that they are touch..
    In order to get input to the tablet - you need to install the drivers, First...

    This is true for the OS and the Recovery..

    Doing an upgrade - will preserve the drivers for the OS, but not the recovery...
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  10.    25 May 2016 #10

    That's true. Most tablets have a micro-USB port, so it is always good to have a micro-USB OTG adapter to connect a mouse and/or keyboard.
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