Enlarge C storage on Nextbook tablet when it only has 32 GB?

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  1. Posts : 44
    windows 10 home build 17763
       #1

    Enlarge C storage on Nextbook tablet when it only has 32 GB?


    I have a Nextbook Win 10 tablet that only has 32 gb storage and 28 gb is taken up by the OS. When trying to update Win 10 it wants to delete the os to make room. Have been trying to find an real easy way to expand things so I don't need to delete or move things around. Have a SD slot and it has two usb slots on the Nextbook. Anyone have a method that is easy? Someone must have found a simple way to overcome this problem.
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  2. Posts : 17,272
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Move your data files to an SD Card? Files under Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, etc. On my Nextbook Tablet the base Windows 10 Professional install is occupying less than 7 GB, but I don't have hardly any other software installed and all my data files are stored on an SD Card.

    I also suggest using Option Two here to do a thorough "disk" cleanup:
    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    %SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

    Also, in the Command Prompt (Admin) you can make sure the OS is compacted by running:
    Compact.exe /CompactOS:always

    If it isn't compacted already, that will gain you about 1GB.

    Also, when doing major upgrades, I download the ISO file for the new build of Windows 10 to the SD Card. Then mount the ISO file and run setup.exe from the mounted file to do the upgrade.

    Finally, disable Windows 10 fast startup and hibernation by running:
    powercfg -h off
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  3. Posts : 24,631
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    By 'update' do you mean and upgrade to the next version? Like 1511 to 1607, or the Creators Update to come shortly?

    If so, download the install media to a USB using the Media Creation Tool and run Setup from within Windows. Manually running the Setup from your own install media give flexible options for using external storage space. Amongst other things, I understand the windows.old folder will be stored on a USB. Microsoft says...

    If your device allows it, you will also have the option to install Windows by using an external drive. We recommend using a USB drive for this option...

    Some important points to remember if you choose to use an external storage drive for installing Windows 10:

    • We recommend that the external drive is formatted in NTFS. Drives that are formatted in FAT32 may run into errors due to FAT32 file size limitations...
    • USB drives are preferred over SD cards because drivers for SD cards are not migrated if the device does not support Connected Standby.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...4-776be87af7df

    It probably already is, but it's worth checking that you are running with your Windows system files compressed.
    Compress or Uncompress Windows 10 with Compact OS


    Delete all restore points, these can take up a lot of space and won't be applicable after an upgrade anyway.

    An extended Disk Clean-up to clean system files and update files may help. Option Two here...
    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10

    To clean up even more of the update store than Disk Clean-Up can touch, DISM has a ResetBase option, I described its use here...
    How can I free up drive space
    ...and that thread has a lot of other useful tips.


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  4. Posts : 24,631
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    NavyLCDR said:
    ...download the ISO file for the new build of Windows 10 to the SD Card. Then mount the ISO file and run setup.exe from the mounted file to do the upgrade.
    Good point, not only does it mean (unlike the automatic windows update path) the install media is stored externally, but it also leaves the USB ports free for Setup to use as additional storage space.

    Finally, disable Windows 10 fast startup and hibernation by running:
    powercfg -h off
    You might, depending on installed memory, be able to temporarily run without a pagefile too. My system can run happily without one (4GB installed RAM).
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  5. Posts : 44
    windows 10 home build 17763
    Thread Starter
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    Have done the Disk cleanup, but was not sure about the compacting. I had hoped that there was a very simple way of doing this as I am not in the pro-guru class. Purchased the Nextbook cheap with win 10 installed to learn win10 before I downloaded the free upgrade from MS on (this) my main desktop system many months back. Have been trying to keep it updated, but now have this storage space problem that is not an easy simple fix that I hoped it might be.
    Last edited by gabbydgar; 04 Apr 2017 at 19:52.
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  6. Posts : 34,962
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    It won't be easy to stay within those limits. A Windows upgrade probably creates a second 450Gb Recovery partition, and Windows.old which is about as big as your existing Windows folder.

    Download a film - say, 0.6-2.5Gb? Install any significant program- another few 100 Mb (which has to go somewhere). And almost any significant program uses working space in C:.

    Then there's space for your browser's temporary files... and..and...

    32Gb is really really small. My Windows partition stays around 50Gb used, with almost no personal data or installed programs in that partition, and that's without a Windows.old. (But there are files related to some of the many programs I have installed on D: )

    The suggestions above are entirely sound.
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  7. Posts : 12,429
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #7

    I have a 10" Tablet/2-in1 with a 32GB main drive so I added a 64GB MicroSDHC memory card to get a D: drive for added storage. During updates I have had to point to that D: drive to get the updates. It seems to work best when downloading the offline update file to D: then installing that. I've moved most of my data [from Libraries to D:] which helps.
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  8. Posts : 44
    windows 10 home build 17763
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Ran across this while looking for help with my above problem. > How to install a Windows 10 update when you don't have enough free space - www.windowscentral.com <
    Looking for comments on this method to help with my problem.
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  9. Posts : 17,272
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    Can't find anything in the link you posted, nothing but ads in there. This is my Nextbook Tablet currently running Windows 10 32-Bit Professional Creator's Update:

    Enlarge C storage on Nextbook tablet when it only has 32 GB?-capture.jpg

    I did the upgrade from Windows 10 Anniversary to Creator's Update. But, there are only a couple of small programs installed in addition to Windows.
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  10. Posts : 44
    windows 10 home build 17763
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Google - How to install a Windows 10 update when you don't have enough free space - then look for the Windowscentral link. I did know how to copy it for post above, a copy and paste didn't work.
    My Nextbook is only win 10 home, yours is top end.
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