Free up space on  A small hard drive

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QMy 2-in-1 PC of­ten fails to down­load Win­dows Up­dates due to a lack of stor­age space. Can you ad­vise how I can keep things run­ning smoothly? Joe Ben­nett Nate’s so­lu­tion 2-in-1 PCs tend to have lim­ited stor­age space at the best of times, so it pays to try and min­imise the wasted space on it. Here are sev­eral tech­niques that can help se­cure enough space, so Win­dows Up­date al­ways op­er­ates prop­erly.

Stor­age sense 1

Click Start > Set­tings > Sys­tem > Stor­age and flick the ‘Stor­age sense’ but­ton on. This en­ables Win­dows to au­to­mat­i­cally clear spe­cific parts of your sys­tem, such as temp files and down­loads, when you start run­ning out of drive space.

Tweak set­tings 2

Click ‘Change how we free up space’ to con­trol how Stor­age sense works – by de­fault Win­dows chooses when to run it, but you can force it to run on a sched­ule. You can also fine-tune when it re­moves temp files and add down­loads, too.

Man­ual cleanup 3

To clean more files from your com­puter, type disk cleanup into the search box to run the Disk Clean-up tool. Click ‘Clean up sys­tem files’ to in­clude ad­di­tional files – it’s pos­si­ble to free up gi­ga­bytes of drive space quite quickly, but make sure you have a backup!

Move apps 4

If your 2-in-1 de­vice has a mi­croSD card slot, insert a suit­able card as ex­tra stor­age and then move Mi­crosoft Store apps to it via Start > Set­tings > Apps. Work through the list click­ing on apps look­ing for a Move but­ton to free up ex­tra space.

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