Not enough space for anniversary update (1607)

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  1. Posts : 157
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 x64
       #1

    Not enough space for anniversary update (1607)


    Hello, I am the owner of a small laptop, an Acer Switch 10, which only have 32GB of SSD memory inside. I also have a microSD *always* in of 128GB, and a normal 500GB HDD on the keyboard, if plugged, of course.

    The internal memory has 6GB free right now, and I can't free anymore as windows folder has over 12GB and total usable space is about 19-21GB.

    When I try to launch 1607 update with the upgrade tools, it tells me that I need 16GB free, and doesn't give me the option to choose any other device to store the installation.

    If I use media download tool it tells me that it needs 8GB and also doesn't give me the option to select another storage.

    Is there a way to install this update? Is it impossible? Am I missing something?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Posts : 34,896
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hello, whilst you can manually download an iso and create a bootable medium from it (mounting it would not be a viable option for you given your constraints) bear in mind a copy of much of your Windows folder will be created as Windows.old on your disk.. for possible rollback recovery. That will be there unless you delete it manually for 10 days from the upgrade.

    Now people with 100s of Gb spare on C are also getting this message. One possibility is that (I believe) some 450Mb of unallocated space is needed on the disk. I had a quick read around on this and causes seem obscure 'MS is working on it'

    However you are tightly constrained.. and one thing you don't want happening is partitions which are part of the Windows environment being created on a different physical disk.

    The iso is about 3.08Gb if I recall.

    So
    a. Manually download an iso and create a bootable medium
    b. Research space issues
    c. Create a disk image of your working PC for security (Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage
    d. Attempt the upgrade.

    Note that for 64 bits, MS states 2GbRam + 20Gb hard disk min. Well, my C: is just over 40Gb, no Windows.old, and I have programs installed on D: not C: and data mostly NOT on C: so 20Gb seems very optimistic.
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  3. Posts : 157
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 x64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    So, In other words, I cannot do anything right? xD

    Why doesn't Windows use the sd card or something?!?
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  4. Posts : 17,247
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    You can manually download the ISO file to your Micro SD card and mount it, dalchina was mistaken about that. Then I recommend doing a full cleanup before running setup.exe from the mounted ISO file using option 2 in the second link below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9230-windows-10-iso-download.html#option1

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3012-disk-cleanup-open-use-windows-10-a.html#option2
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  5. Posts : 157
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I have made the cleanup several times, there's no more space to gain
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  6. Posts : 43
    Windows 10
       #6

    eXtremeDevil said:
    I have made the cleanup several times, there's no more space to gain
    Same here. Is making an installation medium working for this update?
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  7. Posts : 157
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 x64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Well, I ended up giving up the installation, but the other day, the anniversary update appeared on windows updated. It started downloading, and when I finished, it rebooted and gave error. Then it offered me to select a secondary HDD or whatever with more free space. The installation failed for some reason but that's something.

    Then I discovered how to compress system files with compact.exe and I did that. Also, I went to disk properties and selected to compress all files on it. That gave me nearly 8GB free. I removed some files and programs and went ahead with the standalone installer, that claims to need at least 8GB.

    And finally the update worked!!

    Hope I solved it for you :)
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  8. Posts : 579
    Windows 10
       #8

    Hi,
    I did the update also in a such a small capacity Storage.
    1) Download ISO and save it to external media, then Mount it or open with File Explorer and run.
    2) Using Disk Clean-up, cleaning System Files option and other options, cleaned a lot.
    3) Remove all Store Apps, I do not use them: Apps - Uninstall in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums[1]=Programs%20Features
    4) Clean-up System Components frees alot of space :
    - Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
    - Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /startcomponentcleanup [/resetbase]
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  9. Posts : 4,557
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    We just did an entire thread on this over at Seven forums, are you sure your 32 GB ssd isn`t just a cache drive to speed up your 500 GB hard drive ?? Or is the 500 GB an external drive ?

    I can`t believe any company would install a tiny 32 GB drive. If that indeed is the case, then why not get a Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB SSD ??

    Please post a snip of Disk Management.
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  10. Posts : 12,417
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #10

    AddRAM said:
    I can`t believe any company would install a tiny 32 GB drive. If that indeed is the case, then why not get a Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB SSD ??
    My Dell Venue 8 tablet came with a 32GB drive which was fine for Win8.1 then I Upgraded to Win10, still okay but the later Upgrades needed a bit more room so I added a 64GB MicroSDXC card to the provided slot and whenever prompted in the need for more room pointed it to the added card, has worked fine.
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