Microsoft continues to refine Windows 10 since its launch in 2015. The next revision of Windows 10 is even easier for users to install. Previously, we covered upgrading earlier versions of Windows 10 on devices with limited space. Earlier versions of Windows 10 did not define this option clearly. In the Creators Update, when Windows 10 detects an installation on a drive with limited space, it will prominently let the user know there is not enough space. In this article, we show you how it works.
Before setup starts copying files to the drive, one of the pre-requisite tasks performed is determining how much space is available. Windows 10 Creators Update requires a minimum 10 GB’s of free space. If you don’t have enough, setup will recommend a couple options.
Free Up Disk Space – Windows 10 setup will give you the option of running the Disk Cleanup wizard, which you can use to free up space in a number of areas. This includes removing previous versions of Windows, temporary files and old system restore points. Users should note, recent versions of Windows 10 such as the Anniversary Update, includes a comprehensive storage management interface, which you can use to determine what is using your disk space.
Attach an external storage device – if you have an external hard disk or USB thumb drive with a minimum 10 Gbs of free space, you can utilize it to facilitate the installation. Windows 10 setup will maximize the drive to store, archive and move around temporary files during installation. If you already have files on the drive, no need to worry, they will not be deleted; Windows 10 will move files to a folder on the drive called Windows.old. If in the near future, you decide you need to go back to your previous version, you will need to utilize the drive to restore it.
For the purposes of this article, I am going to use the second option. After connecting on an external hard disk or USB thumb drive, click the refresh button or click in the list box then select the attached storage device. Thats it, click Continue to begin the installation. Please note, setup can take longer to complete if you are using a mechanical drive. Using a flash drive might be faster.
Remember, if you do decide to go back to your previous version of Windows, you must attach the external storage device in order to facilitate the rollback.
Check out our previous article to learn more about using this feature if you are currently attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
If you are updating through Windows Update
If you experience a limited space issue through Windows Update while updating to Windows 10 1703, an error message will appear with the option to Fix issue. Click the 'Fix issue' button; this will start a wizard to help you facilitate the upgrade using an external storage device. Click the link I want to use external storage instead
Connect your external hard disk, then click in the second list box, choose your external hard disk.
Click the Refresh button to make sure that it is detected then click Continue.
Click Restart when prompted to continue with the installation, do not disconnect the external hard disk.
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