Factory reset... now missing 40+ GB of hard drive space?

  1. Posts : 23
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    Factory reset... now missing 40+ GB of hard drive space?

    Good evening everyone!

    So, I just got finished doing a nice fresh factory reset as Windows did some updates and my computer run slower than molasses in January.

    After it was done, I had some 60-70 (out of 118) GB of free space on my SSD.

    Short story shorter I had to do it again.

    Now I have only 26 GB of free space.

    Can anyone make any suggestions please? :)
    Last edited by danturismo; 26 Apr 2017 at 18:38. Reason: Specificity
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    windows 10

    Have you done a clean install or other is there a windows.old folder?
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  3. Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Just did this, I haven't found a definitive answer yet doing some searching so I figure I would ask here...

    Is $SysReset folder safe to delete?

    I'm running an ASUS laptop that had Win 10 Home already loaded and if I want to do the reinstall I just hit the reinstall button... will deleting the folder mess up anything there?
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  4. Posts : 23
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    Thread Starter

    There also is a Windows.old folder
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    You have to run diskclean whe its done on the right is an option to check system files it will then run again and give you the option to remove windows.old you can delete it normally as its a system folder
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    I like running disk clean by running this in a Command Prompt (Admin). I actually have it saved as a one line batch file on my desktop that I Run As Administrator:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    Then I just always select everything in the list to delete.
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  7. Posts : 23
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    Thread Starter

    Unfortunately the Cleanmgr didn't free up any space.

    I did a fair amount of searching and found nothing telling me I can't delete the folder.

    After half an hour of more searching on how to delete the folder, how to change ownership, then being told I can't make changes because I need permission from [name] even though that is both me and the user I am logged on as (with admin privileges) I just ducked out into safe mode and was able to delete most of the folder... bringing my free space up to 80gb.
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  8. Posts : 61,831
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello danturismo, :)

    If you like, Option Four in the tutorial below usually works well to clean up the Windows.old folder and other items.

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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