Installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update not only requires a lot of internal storage capacity, but also leaves some installation files behind that take up a lot of space.
This is usually not a problem for desktop PCs that have big hard drives, but it can be a critical issue for some laptops with SSDs and for netbooks on which storage is limited.
How to free up space after installing the Fall Creators Update
Luckily, it’s easy to free up a fair amount of space after updating Windows 10 to its latest build: at least 29 GB, which is the average size of the files that the system keeps from the previous version, Creators Update.
It goes without saying that this group of files is very useful to go back to the previous system in case there is any problem, so it is recommended to keep them if you have enough space. If that is not the case and you need to free up space, the process is really simple:
1, Type ‘Disk Cleanup’ on the Search Box.
2, Click on ‘Clean up system files’ so the tool can calculate the space to be freed up.
3, You will see the option for ‘Previous Windows installations’ taking up the aforementioned 29 GB.
4, Check that box and the rest of the boxes for temporary files, Recycle Bin, temporary installation files, non-critical Windows Defender files, and so on.
5, Click on OK to free up a lot of of your PC’s storage space.
Other ways to free up space
In Settings, the Fall Creators Update also offers the ‘Storage sense’ feature to free up space, although this option is not as thorough as the Disk Cleanup method.
That being said, there are other ways to free up storage space, such as:
- Uninstalling apps or games with the ‘Programs and Features’ tool found in the Control Panel.
- Uninstalling Modern UI apps, including Maps and other files, by going into Settings > Apps.
- Finding and deleting duplicated files.
- Moving non-essential files and backups to external storage units.
- Setting the Recycle Bin size to the minimum or checking the box for files to be deleted immediately.
- Deleting the backups of the files already stored on the cloud or moving them to an external drive.
- Deleting restore points. This is a very interesting maintenance feature, but if you need to free up space, you can delete every restore point except for the last one. You can do this by going to Control Panel > Recovery.
- If you run out of storage space, you can go for more radical measures, such as turning off the system restore and the hibernation features completely, and even reducing the virtual memory that the system allocates by taking up storage space.
There are no more miracles. If after doing this you still do not have enough space, the only choice for you to make is to go for a bigger storage unit.