RECOMMENDED: Click here to fix Windows errors and optimize system performance
While many Windows machines now use the latest operating system, Windows 10, users with less free space can still struggle with the upgrade process. If you are one of the Surface or Tablet users who have less free space, this description can help you. In this post, we will see how to update Surface, Tablets and other devices that have less free space or small hard drives of 32GB or less.
Upgrading devices with less free space to Windows 10
Due to upgrade issues and high demand, Microsoft has recently started to provide downloads in an organized manner for device users with less disk space.
Windows needs more space
Since August 4, Microsoft has sent notifications to these devices and offered them the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you see such a notification, continue and use this method to update.
If this is not the case, these users can also update their tablets and interfaces with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Once the download is complete, the tool runs a compatibility check to see if your device has enough space or not. If a message appears that Windows requires more disk space , you must clean the disk and free up the disk space required for installation. Uninstall programs, language, packages, etc. that you do not need.
If your device allows, you can use an external USB stick for the upgrade process. Windows configuration saves the previous version of Windows on an external USB stick. The external hard drive must be at least 8 GB in size – however, 16 GB is recommended.
Before you begin installation, make sure your unit is connected to a power source. Devices with a single USB port can use the SD card as an external drive for installation – but USB is always recommended and preferred to an SD card. It is important that your external drive is formatted in NTFS to run the installation correctly, says Microsoft.
Read: System compression under Windows 10
If you are not using USB for the update, you will have very little space left on your device after upgrading from Windows 10. This is because folders like Windows.old, $Windows.~BT & $Windows.~WS, etc. take up a lot of space at the end. These files are automatically deleted after one month.
However, if you want to remove Windows.old and the previous Windows installation, you can use the built-in disk cleaner. You can also manually delete the $Windows.~BT & $Windows.~WS folders, but note that you cannot restore Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows if you delete these folders. There are other ways to free up space!
If you used a USB port, you can use the data during the undo process.
Windows 10 supports systems with compressed installations and can upgrade these systems with only 8.5 GB of available disk space.