The deal with these computers is that you need to watch the amount of storage you have in case an update comes along. Clearing the storage is easy. There are a few methods to do the task. Here is one.
- Click the Start button, pick Settings, and then pick System to display a menu.
- Click Storage. The pane on the right updates.
- Click This PC (C:). The Storage Usage pane opens.
- Scroll down and click Temporary files. The Temporary files pane opens.
- Click buttons to delete temporary files.
I did fine the first few weeks. However, I began to notice that as I cleaned out the storage, Windows 10 was missing some of the files. At first, it was 50 KB that got left in the file, and then a bit more the next time. I kept clicking and wondering where these files were and why they were not going away. This mounting problem continued until I no longer had enough room for the system to install updates.
This situation of course meant I had to go looking for a solution, which wasn't all that easy to find. Here's what I found that worked for me.
- Open File Explorer (the folder icon on the task bar at the bottom of your screen).
- In the menu on the left, click This PC. The pane to the right updates.
- Double click OS (C:). The pane on the right updates.
- Double click Users. The pane on the right updates to show system users. My system has ptrem and Public.
- Double click your user name (ptrem in my case). A list of files appears.
- In the address bar, click at the end of your user name and type \AppData\. A drop-down list opens.
- Click Local. The Local folder opens.
(The entire path looks like this: C:\Users\ptrem\AppData\Local)
- Click the Temp folder. The Temp folder opens.
- Select all of the contents (Ctrl + A), and then press the Delete button on your keyboard.
You may not be able to delete all of the files. If a message appears telling you that a file is in use, click the Skip button in the message.
- To see the results, in the pane on the left, click This PC. The pane to the right updates.
- Look at OS (C:). You should see more free space on the drive.
When I finally found this solution and completed the steps, the system deleted 13,000 plus temporary files from my system and I was able to update the system. So, if you're having storage issues on a Windows 10 system with limited storage, you might want to see if this helps you manage the space better.