Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update a couple of days ago. Its rolling out gradually all around the web as a free upgrade to all Windows 10 users. Since its a major upgrade, everyone is advised to upgrade as apart from a lot of little fixes, it also brings a number of new features and enhancements.
You may not know but the installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has probably eaten up quite a lot of your storage space. It can be as much as 20GB and for laptop users with a few hundred GB SSDs, this is a major chunk. Windows uses this space to store legacy files which are no longer required for the functioning of system however it is causing any issue and a roll back is required, these files are restored.
All these old files are saved in a folder Windows.old in the C drive. However, it should be deleted manually. The proper way to remove these files is by using Windows built-in disk cleanup utility.
Below are the steps to guide you through the process of deleting these files and freeing up about 20GB of precious storage space:
- Open This PC from File Explorer.
- Right click on the C drive and open its Properties.
- Select Disk Cleanup from the General tab and a new dialog box will open.
- Select Clean up system files from left bottom corner of this dialog box, another dialog box will open.
- In this dialog box, make sure that you select Previous Windows installation(s), Temporary Windows installation files, and System error memory dump files from the options. There are many options but Previous Windows installation(s) will get rid of the Windows.old folder.
- Press OK and it will take a couple of minutes to get delete the files.
Once it is completed, go back and check that your storage space. It will be increased by about 20GB.