5 Simple Ways to Free Up disk Space on Windows 10

Looking for free up Storage space on Windows 10 PC? Especially, users Running SSD have a storage limit. Also for some users After installing the recent windows 10 21H2 update the Drive gets full. Or you have stored a large number of HD videos, Images, and the Drive gets full. Whatever the reason, if you hit your limit, and looking for Free up Storage space. Here are Simple Ways to “free up Disk space on windows 10″ without deleting your personal files or media.

How to free up Disk space on windows 10

To free up Disk Storage we are going to delete Delete Old Versions of Windows (windows.old), clear update cache, delete temp, junk, System error, memory dump files, Empty recycle bin, etc. We recommend creating a system restore point before applying any changes or backup or import date.

Empty the Recycle Bin

Did you know When you delete items, like files and photos, from your PC, they don’t immediately get deleted? Instead, they sit in the Recycle Bin and continue to take up valuable hard-drive space. To empty the Recycle Bin, go to your desktop, right-click on the Recycle Bin and click Empty Recycle Bin. You will see a warning pop-up asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete your Recycle Bin items. Click Yes to proceed.

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Delete Old Versions of Windows, temporary and downloaded files

If you recently Upgrade to the latest Windows 10 2004 update. And you are satisfied with the current update then you can delete the old version of windows files (windows.old) to free up a huge amount of disk space.

To do this open the Settings app, navigate to System > Storage, and click on your primary drive. You will be presented with a list of different categories along with how much space they’re using. Scroll down until you find Temporary Files, then click on it. Mark the checkbox next to Previous Versions of Windows and hit Remove Files. Here also you can checkmark on Temp files, Downloads folder or empty recycle bin option to remove these files also.

Delete Old Versions of Windows

Delete junk system files using Disk Cleanup

Windows has a built-in disk cleanup utility (aptly named Disk Cleanup) that can help you clear up space by removing various files — including temporary internet files, system error memory dump files, and even previous Windows installations which can help you to reclaim valuable space on your system.

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To run the disk cleanup utility Press Windows + R, type cleanmgr, and hit the enter key. Select the drive you want to clean up and hit OK, then wait while Disk Cleanup calculates how much space you can free up. If you want to delete system files, such as the Windows.old folder (which holds your previous installations of Windows and can be several GB in size), click Cleanup system files.

Run Disk Cleanup

Turn on Storage Sense auto delete unused temporary files

If you have installed/Upgraded your machine to Windows 10 creators update or later, Then you can use The storage Sense feature to automatically delete unused temporary files, as well as files that have been in the Recycle Bin for more than 30 days. Which automatically Free up Storage space for you.

To enable this feature Head back to the Storage page in Settings -> System and toggle on Storage Sense. Click on Change how we free up space and turn on the appropriate options.

Turn on Storage Sense auto delete unused temporary files

Remove Duplicate Files using Ccleaner

You can also free up storage space on Windows 10 PC by removing duplicate files. You may need third-party app(s) to find and delete duplicate images. CCleaner is one of the best apps to recognize duplicate files. Once you’ve removed duplicate files, photos, and other content, you can create a backup on the cloud storage platforms or multiple cloud storage websites. You can remove the data from your PC and sweep it clean.

Clear Windows Update Cache

Another Best way to free up Storage space on your system is to clear the Windows update cache. The update cache consists of copies of the updated installation files. The operating system uses them if you’re ever forced to reapply an update; it saves downloading them again. I don’t think these update caches are important Whenever required you can download the fresh copy of updated files. So Deleting this update cache files not only frees up Disk space also fixes most of windows update related problems for you.

To Delete these Windows update cache files and free up disk space first open Windows services and stop the Windows update service. To do this press Windows +R, type services.msc, and hit the enter key. Now scroll down and look for the Windows update service. Right-click on it and select stop.

Now you’ll need to delete the files. Press Windows key + R to open the run box, then type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ and hit Enter. And delete everything within the Downloads folder. Or you can select all folders inside the software distribution folder and permanently delete them.

Delete Software Distribution Folder Data

Disable hibernate to save disk space

Windows 10 Have Fast Startup Feature (Hybrid shutdown). Which save the Current system settings to hibernate file when you shut down your computer. which allows windows to start faster. If starting up quickly isn’t your priority, you can reclaim some valuable hard drive space by disabling hibernate altogether, because of the hiberfil.sys file takes up 75 percent of your PC’s installed RAM. This means that if you have 8GB of RAM, you can clear up 6GB instantly by disabling hibernate. To do this first Disable Fast startup Feature. Then open the command prompt as administrator and type command  powercfg.exe -h off and press Enter. That’s it, you won’t see a notification or confirmation. If you change your mind, repeat the above steps, but type powercfg.exe -h on instead.


Remove unwanted applications

If you have some apps and programs on your PC that you don’t use — either apps you’ve installed and forgotten about or bloatware that came preinstalled on your computer from the manufacturer. You can remove these unwanted applications to free up a huge amount of disk space.

To find out which apps are taking up space, open the Settings menu and go to System > Apps & features and choose Sort by size. To uninstall an app from this menu, click the app and then click Uninstall.

Also, you can uninstall these unnecessary applications on the control panel, programs, and Features option. Or you can press Windows + R, type appwiz.cpl to open programs and features. Select and right-click on that unwanted programs and select uninstall.

Deleting System Restore and Shadow Copies

If you usually create System Restore points and use Shadow Copies (volume snapshot typically used by Windows Backup), you can also delete these files to free up additional space. To do this press Windows + R, type cleanmgr, and hit enter to open disk cleanup. Select the Drive and click ok, After that click on Clean up system files. On the Next popup move to the more options tab and under “System Restore and Shadow Copies,” click the Cleanup button. Then click Delete to confirm and clear system restore shadow copies. Which free up lots of disk space for you.

Deleting System Restore and Shadow Copies

I hope after Apply the above steps now you can free up huge amount disk space on your Windows 10 PC. If you have any new way to free up disk space on Windows 10 without deleting personal Files, images videos feel free to share with us in the comments.

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