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Windows 8.1 hard drive loss of GB's due to Windows Update & Windows Defender Definitions RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a embedded Windows 8.1 with media center operating system, capable of (refresh) and (reset) the hard drive.

    I slowly saw how my hard drive was losing GB's over a period of time, with no-downloading other than Windows Update & Windows Defender definitions. A loss of 32 GB's is recorded during this time period as of today's date.

    Question: Which option is best to recover loss of GB's over a period of time, due to Windows Updates & Windows Defender definitions? The refresh option or the reset option.

    Signed: Lee Vernon Payne -12/12/2018 -1:51 PM.


    Lee Payne

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:51 PM

Answers

  • Hi Lee Payne,

    Thanks for posting your query.

    The better option is to reset it. You should backup something you needed before this.

    It's recommended to launch disk cleanup;

    Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis frees up drive space and helps it run better. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk Cleanup.

    1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Disk Cleanup, and then, in the list of results, select Disk Cleanup.

    2. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.

    3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box in the Description section, select Clean up system files.

    4. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.

    5. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then select OK. To remove data from a previous installation of Windows, select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box.

    6. In the message that appears, select Delete files.

    7. Go back to Computer in File Explorer, select the drive you cleaned up, and then select Refresh.

    For your reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17421/windows-free-up-drive-space

    Best regards,

    Yilia 


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    Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:09 AM
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  • Hi Lee Payne.

    Resetting would be the best option, but it would delete your files, settings and apps (except for the ones that came with your PC): I would try running the Disk Cleanup tool before executing either a reset.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MOS, MTA, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE

    • Edited by Luigi BrunoMVP Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:29 PM
    • Marked as answer by lee vernon Friday, December 14, 2018 3:12 AM
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:28 PM

All replies

  • Hi Lee Payne.

    Resetting would be the best option, but it would delete your files, settings and apps (except for the ones that came with your PC): I would try running the Disk Cleanup tool before executing either a reset.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MOS, MTA, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE

    • Edited by Luigi BrunoMVP Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:29 PM
    • Marked as answer by lee vernon Friday, December 14, 2018 3:12 AM
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:28 PM
  • Hi Lee Payne,

    Thanks for posting your query.

    The better option is to reset it. You should backup something you needed before this.

    It's recommended to launch disk cleanup;

    Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis frees up drive space and helps it run better. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk Cleanup.

    1. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Disk Cleanup, and then, in the list of results, select Disk Cleanup.

    2. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.

    3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box in the Description section, select Clean up system files.

    4. If prompted, select the drive that you want to clean up, and then select OK.

    5. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then select OK. To remove data from a previous installation of Windows, select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box.

    6. In the message that appears, select Delete files.

    7. Go back to Computer in File Explorer, select the drive you cleaned up, and then select Refresh.

    For your reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17421/windows-free-up-drive-space

    Best regards,

    Yilia 


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    If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.


    Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:09 AM
    Moderator