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How to Fix Reduced Storage Space and Enable System Restore in Windows 10

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08/24/2016
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Microsoft Windows

Windows_10.pngWindows 10 comes with a lot of great features, but there are a few complaints out there from dwindling storage space to the absence of the System Restore function. Below are solutions to these issues.

Decreased storage space

When you upgrade to Windows 10, the old version of Windows isn’t deleted. It is kept in the C:/ drive by the name of windows.old, which takes up a huge portion of your disk space. Microsoft did this in case you changed your mind and wanted to go back to your previous version of Windows.  But, if you’re sure you want to permanently delete it, just follow these instructions:

Click the Windows Start button and search for the Disk Cleanup app by typing cleanup. The drive selection box will appear, choose the drive your OS is installed on (the default drive is C:/drive), then wait for Windows to scan your system. Afterward, a box will pop up.

At this point, the system might present you with a list of files to delete, but if that’s not visible, select the Clean-up system files option on the bottom left of the window. Windows will then present you with another box with the option to delete Previous Windows Installation(s). Tick the option and click OK, then click Delete Files to confirm your decision.

System Restore isn’t working

In Windows 10, the System Restore is disabled by default. To turn it on, go to the Start Menu and search for Create a restore point. The System Properties box will appear. From there, choose the system drive and click the Configure button, then select Turn on system protection. Use the slider to set an appropriate amount of maximum disk space (about 5GB should be enough). Note that the update to Windows 10 version 10586 turns this off again so make sure to turn it back on after you update.

You may also have updates that don’t work.  Since this can be related to the system restore, here is a solution for Windows updates.

First off, check if you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 Fall update. If the problems still occur, download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter, then restart the system and try to update again.

If that still doesn’t work, check that System Restore is configured (see number 3 below) and create a restore point. Type Window+X and select Command Prompt (Admin), type net stop wuauserv and hit Enter, then type net stop bits and Enter. Then open Explorer, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete its contents including any sub-folders. Restart your PC, open Windows Update and click Check for updates.

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