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After the Windows 8.1 update, if you have significant missing hard drive space...


R. Mansfield
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I had nearly 30 GB missing from my hard drive after updating to Windows 8.1 and reinstalling my apps (which were deleted because I was upgrading from the preview version).

 

I discovered that much of the previous version of Windows was in a directory called "Windows.old." Windows wouldn't let me delete it, so I went to Control Panel: Administrative Tools: Disk Cleanup and then hit the "Clean up system files" button. I checked nearly everything, but it was the previous Windows install taking up most of the space.

 

Such things are a constant reminder of why I prefer the Mac over Windows.

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Do MS have a specific reason for this ? It may be a recovery thing. Of course it could be a bug.

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Not certain. There's a separate recovery partition, and the cleanup process I ran didn't affect that.

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