After basic initial Acer Windows 10 installation there is only 7Gb of space available. Windows 10 needs 8gb to update to the latest. Any ideas? Thinking of Windows Media Creation tool and doing a clean Windows 10 install from a DVD or SD card.
Just as a point of interest, I just completed the latest updates of Win 10. Have Office, Streets and Trips, and A Lot of other apps on my 32 GB W3 tablet. Currently have 12.3 GB free space with about 17.5GB on the SD card.
Well, it is more an art form than a guide, much depends on which of the built in apps you keep. Also I do not know at what point MS refuses to do anything, just that with 11-12GB free it still wants another 10GB of NTFS space available.
The other issue is that while the least obtrusive addition is an SD card, on many devices they are limited to USB 2.0 speeds, around 25 MB/s. I have a 128GB SD U3 in the Spin 1 here that normally reads at 75+ MB/s but not in the Spin 1 slot.
Important thing is to first create a recovery disk and a full system image (NTFS device) so if you make a mistake you can always get back to your starting point.
Ok get a 64/128/256 GB SD U3 card and install formatted NTFS. It should come up as D : (fershluginner smilies) Go to Settings>Storage>Change where new content is stored and set everything to D :. (At Settings>Storage you can click on the C : drive and see what is using what)
Next go to File Explorer and right click on the C : drive. Select Properties then Disk Cleanup. After the first return click on Clean up system files (this will take longer). Can just delete everything that is over a few MB.
Next go to Settings>Apps and scroll down to the Apps and Features. Uninstall everything that you do not need (I prefer to use Windows Defender to third party apps) and is more than a few MB. Some you may be able to move to the D : drive. Ones that are only a few kb from Microsoft you probably will not be able to remove. This will take a while.
HIBERFIL.SYS - open CMD.EXE as administrator. Enter powercfg /hibernate off this will turn off hibernation and reclaim the disk space.
PAGEFIL.SYS - Open File Explorer right click on This PC then Properties>Advanced>Performance Options. Here you can set the size and location of the pagefil.sys If you have 8 GB of memory and are not a heavy gamer you may not need much, with 4GB, 500MB may be enough. Can always increase after update.
With a recovery disk and system image you really do not need a recovery partition but that is the last thing I would remove. Currently show 13.4 GB free and my recovery partition is still in place.
And that is just the start of what can be done but have the largest returns.
You don't want my opinion of selling a 32GB Windows PC loaded with bloatware.
OK you still have 5 GB going for "something" more than I do. Go to Settings>system>storage and click on the C: drive. This should tell you what is being used. My largest is "System and Reserved" at 12.2GB.
Next in File Explorer>C: do you have a directory "Windows.old" ? (have to go into View and under Show/hide put a check in "file name extensions" and "hidden items) This is a previous version and can be moved to D : or deleted if over a GB
BTW under File Explorer>C:>properties (right click) I have checked "Compress this drive". It works very well.
ps I still have the 1 gb recovery drive since can update now
pps is up to you but I not longer use any third party AV, just Windows Defender and EMET set "paranoid" (latest update combines WD and EMET). Some AVs are as hard as a virus to remove.
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