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Howard van Rooijen By Howard van Rooijen Co-Founder

If you've recently updated to Windows 8.1 you may have noticed you have significantly less space on your machine than before the upgrade. Little tell-tale sign is the presence of a Windows.old folder – which suggests that rather than installing a series of updates, 8.1 actually did a full install and migrated your 8.0 installation.

You may not be able to manually delete the .old directory and temporary directors – the best way to clean up is to use the in-built disk clean up tool. Right click on your system drive, select properties, then click the disk clean up button:

Next, click the "clean up system files" button:

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This will display more options such as ""Previous Windows installation(s)" and

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"Windows upgrade log files".

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If you are feeling particularly brave – you can also remove your System Restore points and Shadow Copies (do so at your own risk – if you decide to – ensure you have a back-up /recovery plan in place):

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Hopefully with those simple steps you can reclaim ~10GB of space.

 

@HowardvRooijen

Howard van Rooijen

Co-Founder

Howard van Rooijen

Howard spent 10 years as a technology consultant helping some of the UK's best known organisations work smarter, before founding endjin in 2010. He's a Microsoft ScaleUp Mentor, and a Microsoft Azure MVP, and helps small teams achieve big things using data, AI and Microsoft Azure.