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What to do when Windows 10 takes up too much disk space

There are times when your system installation drive becomes full and you don’t have any option to increase it. This happens in case of Windows powered tablets, devices with embedded internal storage or you just don’t want to waste your precious time and money on replacing the drive with a bigger one.

Microsoft designed Windows 10 to manage its own files, and its system files could be reduced in size without using disk compression. The overhead of unpacking stuff reduces performance somewhat, but it can mean the difference between being able to work with the device you’ve got, and having to buy a new one.


Compressing the Windows 10 files by giving commands manually

Compressing the Windows 10 files is simple: Type CMD into the search windows field, right-click on CMD and run as administrator. Once you have a command line, type in COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:always and then press Enter.


To undo the whole deal, type in COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:never.

You can also choose to compress the data on your main drive if you are using some sort of portable Windows device with limited storage.

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And how effective both of these options are directly depends on the media you’re using. As many SSDs already compress data so you may not see that much of a reduction in size.

Relocate your libraries

Many low-resource computing devices expand their storage with SD or MMC cards. Windows 10 thinks of these as external/temporary storage. Strictly speaking, that’s correct: You may be treating the drive as a secondary hard drive, but it can be removed and that can cause issues. Regardless, you can redirect your Documents, Music, Photos, and video libraries to this second drive.

To relocate the library, you right-click on the library you want to relocate, click on Properties, choose the Locations tab, then point the library to the secondary drive. We highly recommend that you create a folder with a suitable name such as My Libraries, and not just use the root level.

Install apps to the secondary drive

Most programs allow you to change the destination directory, which allows you to install them on a secondary drive. This generally requires that you choose the Custom or similar option when you first run the setup program. This method is very effective in reducing the overall footprint of your Windows installation.

Use portable software (applications) alternatives instead of ones which requires installation

Even when you install programs to the secondary drive, they may still install DLLs and some additional data to your C: drive, or write temporary data and settings there.

On the other hand, Portable apps run from wherever you put them and confine their configuration and temporary data to the same directory. Meaning that you can run them directly from the memory card with the need of any installation

Any number of portable programs are available for free from portableapps.com and you can search for various free portable and reliable softwares.

There are more of these around than you might think, and while many are free, the legality of some you might find may be questionable. So choose wisely.

Uninstalling unnecessary applications and Windows components from your PC

This is the most common but important way to manage your main system installation drive, to uninstall programs you need to go to Settings and then select Apps & features, there you will find the list of installed programs in your device, you can delete any unnecessary program you want.

Note: Be careful while uninstalling the programs, do take care for the important patches and drivers which are absolutely necessary for proper functioning of your device.

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We hope these steps helped you with your problem with Windows 10 system disk space problem. Stay connected for more.

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