If you have Windows 10 installed on your PC, it’s fairly likely that your operating system recently got an update. The Windows 10 April Update included a large number of new features that we’ve been talking about over the last few months, but now all users should have them. If you notice that after installation, you have less storage, this article’s for you: we’ll show you how to free up 40GB on Windows 10 after the latest update.
Though it’s hard to believe, the latest update takes up between 30 and 40 GB, which is a significant amount for any hard drive, especially if it’s an SSD. Luckily, Windows has an option to remove all this data.
Click on the start button and go to “Settings.” From all the options that appear, click on “System” and then “Storage.” Find the option “Storage sense” and right below “Free up space now.” Go for it.
Windows will take a little time to analyze the partition where it’s installed. Once done, you might be surprised to see that not all the GBs quoted in the title free up. There’s a trick to it. Scroll down and look for the box “Previous Windows installation(s).” Surprise: there you’ll see almost 30GB of storage taken up with the option unchecked. So, check it, go back to the top and click the button “Remove files.” In a matter of seconds, you’ll have gained a large amount of storage capacity.
See how easy it was? We’ve definitely saved you a headache in the future. By the way, you can use this option frequently to get rid of files taking up space on your hard drive.