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Windows 10 post-upgrade cleanup tips

Your Windows 10 upgrade is complete. Now it’s time to reclaim some disk space.

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At the end of July 2016, the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 will come to an end. In the meantime, lots of users and admins may find themselves electing to exercise their upgrade options, rather than let them go unused.

Having been through more than 100 such upgrades myself, and witness to thousands more, I've observed that the process is mostly trouble-free as well as fairly quick and painless. But once the Windows 10 upgrade process is complete, some additional tweaking and cleanup is a good idea.

This is particularly true for systems where reclamation of 20-30 GB of disk space on the boot/system drive could be either helpful or downright essential. That means it applies primarily to lower-end tablets, notebooks and laptops, with boot/system drives of 128 GB or smaller.

The post-install cleanup process can be broken into the following phases:

  • Cleanup and removal of install files
  • Driver catch up and cleanup
  • Additional cleanups where indicated

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