Recently, one of the biggest updates was launched by Microsoft. This was the Windows 10 update, and this so called anniversary update brings in a lot of new features and also some major improvements, which consist of enhancements to the Cortana, making changes to the Start menu, modifications to the Windows Defender and support for the various extensions of the Edge and the list goes on.
But one thing to keep in mind is that such a big update requires a huge download. Also the files that Microsoft puts in the system won’t get removed later on. So, in other words, this Anniversary update is accountable for the extensive massive bite that is taken from the hard drive space which is free. Here the count of free size can be about tens of gigabytes.
The best part is that it is easy to reclaim this free space and the process involved is easy and straightforward. All you have to do is click the Start option and type the Disk Cleanup wording. Automatically, the Disk Clean-Up app launches and you need to make sure that the system drive is chosen. And then choose the option ‘OK’.
Here the tool will calculate the amount of space that can be regained. If you ignore this now and go for clicking the Clean-up option for the files, then you are making a big mistake. You must choose the system drive again and then click the OK button.
This tool will then start to recalculate the space savings and it will have a brand new option, which is the Previous Windows Installation. And this will consist of the brand new files that are installed by the Anniversary update. In certain cases, it can be about 24.9 GB. Now once you have checked the box and after the Temporary Windows Installation file has been clicked, you need to click on the ‘OK’ option so that the backed up files can be removed and you end up getting your missing hard drive space.