Once you install Windows, it may leave quite a lot of old or temporary files looming on your hard disk. These files can be unneeded drivers, programs you won’t use, or older versions of Windows that aren’t necessary.
In most cases, you won’t need the old installation files, so you should be able to remove it to clear up space without any concern. We’ve explained how you can do this below.
- Type “Disk Cleanup” into the search box (if you don’t see one, click the Windows Menu and choose “Search”)
- Run the Disk Cleanup application as System Administrator
- Choose the drive, usually C:, that holds your Windows System files, then click OK
- Scroll down the list of items to delete and choose to remove old windows versions, should you have them available
- Feel free to use this occasion to delete other items, including items in the Trash, Temporary Internet files and Thumbnails folders.
Thankfully, this whole process only takes a minute of your time. Once you’re done, you’ll have a decent chunk of storage space freed up.