Tips to free up drive space on your PC

Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you're in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space on your PC running Windows by following the tips here. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage.

To get the most out of these tips, do them in order from top to bottom. 

Check the current space on your PC
Use Disk Cleanup
Uninstall desktop apps you no longer need
Uninstall Windows Store apps you no longer need
Archive or delete files you're no longer using
Reduce the size of the WinSxS folder
Make OneDrive files online-only
To make files online-only using the OneDrive app
To make files online-only using File Explorer
Move your OneDrive files to a removable drive
Add more storage


Article ID: 17421 - Last Review: 31 Aug 2016 - Revision: 67

Windows 7, Windows 8.1