Microsoft has just released its biggest update to Windows 10 yet. The Creators Update introduces lots of new features and general improvements.

However, a big update like this requires a big download, and the installation files that Microsoft places on your system don’t get removed afterwards. Fortunately it’s easy enough to reclaim this lost free space.

  1. Start the Disk Cleanup wizard use one of the following methods:
  • Method 1: Click Start, type cleanmgr in the Start Search box, and then click OK.
  • Method 2: Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
  • Method 3: If a Low Disk Space notification appears, click the notification to open the Disk Cleanup wizard.
  1. If the Windows Update Cleanup option is not displayed on the Disk Cleanup tab, click Clean up system files. The tool will re-calculate how much space can be regained.
  2. On Windows 10 please tick the box next to Previous Windows installation(s) on Windows 7 tick the box  Windows Update Cleanup that is if you are performing these steps in Windows 7.
  3. Click OK then Delete Files to remove the files and regain your missing hard drive space.

If you have any further problems with your Microsoft updates please view our fixing Microsoft Windows updates article.

 

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