Free up drive space in Windows 10

If your PC is running low on free space, you might not be able to install important Windows updates, and your PC’s performance may be affected. Here are some ways to free up space so you can keep your PC up-to-date and running smoothly.

Run antivirus software

Sometimes a virus or other malware can consume significant hard-drive space by corrupting your system files. If you suspect your PC is infected with malware, use an antivirus program like Windows Defender to run a virus scan and cleanup.

The following questions concern low disk space and Windows Update specifically.

Do I need to clear everything off my hard drive before I take an update, or just some things?

You don’t need to remove everything from your hard drive to update your device, but you’ll need to free up enough space to complete the update.