How to free up space on computer?

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  1. Steve C's Avatar
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       #11

    Wise Disk cleaner is useful in addition to the above
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  2. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #12

    Windows 10 has a new cleanup function since v. 1803.
    Open Settings (Gear icon in start menu) and then "System" and "Storage"
    Select your disk and you can see what the system generally uses space on.
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    If you then click on temporary files, you can clear out all temporary files
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  3. Posts : 213
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       #13

    You can remove things piecemeal until you're blue in the face - and you'll still be facing a daily battle of what to remove (I've done this on my system several times).
    I suggest:
    - getting an external hard drive and backup your files to it
    - wipe the hard drive clean and install W10.
    - add the programs that you need
    - then carefully decide what files from the backup data are needed on the hard drive and import that.
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  4. Posts : 404
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       #14

    Here is another tutorial on how to free up disk space 7 Ways to Free up Disk Space On Windows 10 – ZineTek
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  5. ThrashZone's Avatar
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       #15

    Hi,
    Buy a larger ssd
    500gb samsung 860 evo's are dirt cheap so are 1-2tb

    You m.2 is also pretty small prices a dropping like flies.
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  6. Posts : 598
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    Thread Starter
       #16

    Rafaelville said: View Post
    Windows 10 has a new cleanup function since v. 1803.
    Open Settings (Gear icon in start menu) and then "System" and "Storage"
    Select your disk and you can see what the system generally uses space on.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    If you then click on temporary files, you can clear out all temporary files
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    Hi there. I took a look at this.


    My local disk is 232gb and 202gb is used up so about 30gb free


    This is what it reads on it


    Apps and Features - 123gb

    Temporary Files - 32.5gb

    Videos - 7.55gb

    Other 5.8gb

    Pictures 1.54gb

    Desktop 1.30gb

    System and Reserves - 29.3 gb




    There are other things like documents, music etc but all those are tiny... they are under 1gb.


    Does this mean the temporary files i have on my laptop is using up so much of the space? Thus these temporary files are not needed? You seem to have 24gb? I have over 30gb? But is it safe to remove what you showed?

    - - - Updated - - -

    I clicked on temporary files and it scanned and it shows


    Some temp files are needed by apps. Below is a list of files you can remove now. Total is just a bit over 3gb.


    They seem check boxes of


    Windows update cleaner - 2.35gb

    Windows upgrade log files - 650mb

    Thumbnails - 200mb

    Windows Defender Antivirus - 21mb
    (noncritical files used by windows defender antivirus)

    Temp files - 8mb

    Temp internet files - 1mb

    Directxshader cache - 100kb

    windows error reports and feedback diagostics - 20kb



    Things that are not checked include


    Previous windows install - 38gb

    Downloads - 1gb

    And few other small things.



    So you would say don't remove the 3gb in files of the checked boxes right? Thus doing this could possibly cause issues with laptop?
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    paulyjustin said: View Post
    Previous windows install - 38gb
    That is mostly in a folder on C: called Windows.old. This is only of use to you if you have recently had a Feature Update (to 1903, probably) and want to go back to your previous version of Windows. It should be automatically deleted 10 days after you had the Feature Update, but you can remove it yourself earlier than that if you need the space. See this tutorial...

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 27,157
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #18

    Also see the link in post #9.
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  9. Posts : 598
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    Thread Starter
       #19

    Hi there. Yes i did the 1903 update not long ago. So you mean after 10 days, that would be removed automatically so instead of me having about 30gb free, i will have over 65gb free total?
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  10. Posts : 213
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       #20

    Windows does things in the background where you can't see it happen, that's why the free space is needed. Windows decides on it's own where and when it wants to do this stuff, so you don't get to pick and choose which drive is involved.

    The .OLD folder doesn't always automatically delete. Check after 10 days to see. If not, then see my next paragraph......

    If you're unsure of what to remove, simply MOVE them (along with a note about the path to the files) to an external drive (or even another location on the same drive). Then run the system for a couple of weeks to see if anything goes bad because of the move. Then, to test to see if it's the move, move the stuff back and test again for another couple of weeks.
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