How To Make Space For Windows 10 Updates in PC.


clear up space for windows 10 updates

A Windows updates are big and require a lot of free space, which is a problem if your PC is fitted with a small SSD. There are two ways to free up space and you should try both: compress the contents of the drive and move files elsewhere. 

  • At first, try to compress the content of the drive and to do so follow the steps explain below.


Open Explorer and select This PC in the sidebar, then right-click the C: drive and select Properties from the menu. At the bottom of the General tab, tick 'Compress this drive to save disk space 

compress c drive to make space

This can save several gigabytes of space, but leaves Windows and any software to work exactly as it did before so you shouldn’t notice any difference.

  • The next thing which you can do is moving the files to somewhere else like in your external drive.


To move files to an external drive and make room for the Windows update, create Videos, Music and Pictures folders on your external drive, then copy over the contents of the same folders from the C: drive.

You can then delete the files from C: drive and move them back after you’ve updated Windows.

If you want to permanently relocate these Windows system folders instead of just temporarily moving the contents, right-click the folders in the Explorer sidebar and select Properties, Location tab and click Move.

This can clear a lot of space on your internal hard drive, but be aware that to access your files, the external drive needs to be permanently on when Windows is running.

  • If you still want to clear some more space for windows updates, than you can go for cloud storage.


If you have a lot of files stored on OneDrive, you can free up space by moving them to the cloud. Right-click OneDrive in Explorer’s sidebar and select Settings. On the Settings tab, tick the box under ‘Files on Demand’, click OK, then right-click OneDrive in Explorer and select ‘Clear space’. 


Your files will now be stored online, yet they will still appear on the C: drive and can be accessed as if they were there.

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