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Windows 8 Tips Part 11 – Upgraded to Windows 8? Free up loads of disk space

Windows 8 Search Disk CleanupI upgraded my installation of Windows 7 to Windows 8. The upgrade took quite a long time, but the wait was well worth it. I have really been enjoying discovering the neat features of Windows 8 and sharing these tips with you on my blog. I hope that you have been enjoying the Windows 8 Tips series as much as I have enjoyed writing them. With this 11th article I would like to show you how to save some disk space…. ok, perhaps loads of disk space. Did you upgrade your copy of Windows to Windows 8? If so, read on.

While the Windows 8 upgrade was in progress, Windows stored some files in case you wanted to roll back the Upgrade or troubleshoot anything that went wrong. If you have upgraded and used Windows 8 for several days and you decide to keep Windows 8 on your machine, you can remove these files stored during the upgrade. To do so, head on over to Computer and select the Properties of the C Drive. (You can also hit the Windows button and start typing “Disk Cleanup” and Windows 8 will filter your search to display the results you are looking for)

Windows 8 Computer Drive C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Properties window, click on the Disk Cleanup button.

Windows 8 Disk Cleanup

Windows will now scan your C drive and calculate the amount of space you will save.

Windows 8 Calculating Disc Cleanup

The Disk Cleanup screen for your drive will display the areas where you can safely save some disk space by removing unnecessary files. To the bottom part of the screen, click on the Clean up system files button.

Windows 8 Clean up System Files

Windows will now do another scan.

Windows 8 Calculating Disc Cleanup System Files

From the next Disk Cleanup screen you will see that the Windows Upgrade left a few Gigs of data that can be removed.

Windows 8 Disk Cleanup Previous Installations

If I scroll down further, I can see that there are also quite a large amount of log files that can also be removed.

Windows 8 Disk Cleanup Upgrade Log Files

Doing this via the Disk Cleanup utility is the correct and safe way to remove the files. When the cleanup is complete, you can give your machine a reboot if you like. Doing this gained me an extra almost 5 GB (excluding the 1 Gig + files in my recycle bin). Easy peasy lemon squeezy… ok that was lame, but you get my drift.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.
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