Sunday, January 31, 2016

Have You Recently Upgraded To Windows 10? Here's How You Can Save 20-30 GB of Hard Drive Space

Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 have already moved to Windows 10. The upgrade will be free until July of 2016 for most users, and the majority of the early bugs have been patched. There are still good reasons to hold off - you may be using 3rd party software that is not, yet, compatible with Microsoft's latest OS. This particular tip is for those who have already "taken the plunge" and don't plan on going back.

When you "upgrade" to Windows 10, or install a major update like the recent one offered in November 2015, Microsoft stores the files necessary for a "rollback" on your hard drive. If you have plenty of space, this may not be an issue, but if your PC has a Solid State Drive (SSD) you may want to recover that lost space - (20-30 GB). These backups are stored in a file named Windows.old, but you cannot simply delete it.

To remove Windows.old - Run the "Disk Cleanup" Utility. (Caution - Once you delete the files you cannot "rollback" to a previous version of Windows.)

1. Click on the Search icon in the Taskbar or use the Windows key to open the Start Menu and just start typing the phrase Disk Cleanup. You will see the Disk Cleanup program entry at the top of the search results. Click or tap the program name to start it.

2. Run the Disk Cleanup utility, and after the initial scan, click “Clean up system files.” After a second scan, there should be an option reading “Previous Windows installation(s).” This item may not be selected by default. Select and run it again to delete the files.

Your newly acquired extra space may be just what you need to store a few additional photos, videos or digital music.