How to reclaim space after upgrading to Windows 10 April 2018 Update

As a full time computer tech in the field for my business Whitney PC Repair I run into this problem a lot.  They are selling so many computers these days that have tiny hard drives on them such as 32GB or 64GB.  After a couple Windows Updates they are usually completely full.  I thought this article would be helpful to those of you who are having this type of problem.

Did the available space shrink on your hard drive after installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Here’s how to get the storage back. As part of the April 2018 Update (version 1803) install process, Windows 10 saves a copy of the previous installation files in case the system needs to revert to its original settings due to an error during the upgrade, or you need to rollback because of a problem after the upgrade. While it’s a useful safeguard feature, the files (stored in the Windows.old folder) can take up a fair amount of disk space. Deleting these files can get you back anywhere between 10GB to 20G of storage space, which may not mean a lot for users with terabytes to spare, but it’s a significant amount of space for laptops and tablets with limited storage. If you’re running low on space or the upgrade is working correctly and you don’t have the need to keep these files, you can use the Settings app or Disk Cleanup tool to reclaim disk space. How to reclaim space after upgrading to Windows 10 April 2018 Update

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