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Windows updates using alot of HDD space

  1. #1

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Windows updates using alot of HDD space

    Hello everyone.
    Today I installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook. I have 60GB SSD on my notebook so basicly just for windows and some programs (no movies etc. that's all saved on external hard drive).
    However, when I installed windows, it took wery little space. I still had 44GB free.
    After updates and installing MS Office, I now have only 22GB free. So I'm wondering, how can some updates and MS office take 22GB of disk space?
    Is here anything I can do, to get more space on my computer?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 21,863
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Symcy,

    If you like, you can run Disk Cleanup using step 5 below with at least "Windows Update Cleanup" checked to recover some free space. However, that's not going to use that much hard drive space.
    It could also be restore points using up the space if you have system protection set to high maximum space. A restore point is usually automatically created before a Windows Update is installed.

    Here are some additional items to check to see what may be using up the hard drive space.

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2,073
    Windows 8.0 x64

    If not on a tight budget you might try one of those hybrid drives. You could fit a lot of stuff on 60 GB with XP. Not these days. For now you can clean up using this article:
    [Tip] Reclaim Free Space by Removing Old Windows Updates Files in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 - AskVG

    Make sure you scroll down to where you right click on the drive in Explore.
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Windows updates using alot of HDD space

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