Steps to delete old Windows install files on your computer

248Microsoft has begun rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update to users worldwide following months of beta testing. Basically, the Creators Update adds several new features and changes to Windows 10 including game mode, picture-in-picture, night light, paint 3D and more.

Normally, when you update your PC to a new version of Windows, the old files remain on your hard drive. This may come in handy, as it allows you to restore your computer if something goes wrong during the update process or you are not happy with your new Windows version. However, old installation files take up a considerable amount of your hard drive, so removing them is the best option to free up space on your hard drive.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to delete old Windows installation files on the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Steps to remove old Windows install files to free up space on your computer

Before we begin, keep in mind that once you remove old Windows installation files from your computer, you will not be able to roll your PC back to a previous installation.

Step one: First off, you need to perform a right-click on the Start menu button and then select Search

Step two: Next up, you now need to type Disk Cleanup from the input field and then right-click Dish Cleanup to proceed

Step three: Once you are done, you simply need to click Run as administrator to open the Disk Cleanup menu

Step four: Hit the dropdown arrow below Drives. After that, you need to select the hard drive that contains your old Windows installation files. The C Drive will be automatically selected

Step five: You now need to click OK. Wait for a few seconds and the check the boxes next to Previous Windows installation.  You can check the boxes next to all options that show up on the Dish Cleanup window

Step six: Click OK and then hit the Delete Files to complete the task.

Also read: Here is how to free up space automatically on Windows 10 with Storage sense

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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