How to Install Windows 10 on Devices with Limited Space
Depending on the device you have, you might need a few things to help facilitate the upgrade. For a device such as the Dell Venue Pro or similar Tablet, a micro-USB adapter will be required. This is because such small Tablet devices tend to only use micro-USB ports. In some rare cases, a standard USB port might be available, but prepare just in case.
The Micro-USB adapter can come with different adapters such as Ethernet, HDMI or a standard USB port.
For the purposes of this article, we are going to be upgrading a standard Windows 8 installation. As you can see in the screenshot below, I only have 5 GBs of free space left out of the 16 GBs of storage. Windows 10 setup requires a minimum 10 GBs of free space available to facilitate the installation.
One of the pre-requisite task Windows 10 setup performs is checking hard disk space.
If Windows 10 setup discovers you need more space, it will offer two options:
- Free up disk space using disk cleanup, which you can try: How to free up disk space in Windows
- Choose another drive or attach an external drive with 10.0 GB available
The second choice is an interesting option. What you can do is attach an external hard disk, USB thumb drive or point to another partition with enough space to facilitate the installation. If you have a storage device with enough space, go ahead and connect it, then click Choose another drive or attach an external drive with 10.0 GB available
Click in the list box then choose the drive with 10 GBs or more space. If the storage device does not show up, click Refresh then try again. After selecting, click the Back
Windows 10 setup, will now validate your install. Click Install to begin the installation.
If your external hard disk does not show up, restart your computer with the external hard disk connected and powered on. Restart setup, then try again.
You can also try the following:
- Download the Windows 10 ISO file
- Extract the ISO file to a folder on a SD Card or External hard disk.
- Point to the setup files, right click setup.exe file then click Run as administrator
- Follow the on screen instructions.
- When prompted for extra space, select your external storage device.
- Wait while Windows 10 setup installs.
Thanks to community participant ThanosGR for these tips.
- How to manually backup and restore your files
- How to free up disk space in Windows
- How to: 10 Tips before installing Windows 10