Windows 10: Clean Your Disks!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 19, 2015 in Internet |

The latest Windows 10 update is there, as promised, and has taken up a good deal of my time as, I do not doubt, it has taken up plenty of time for those others who are doomed to use this remarkable piece of software. And, no, for anyone wishing to take my words out of context as a compliment, I do not mean ‘remarkable’ in a positive sense at all.

It took seven attempts before the 1511 update managed to get itself onto my computer and work. The final, successful attempt took just over an hour, and I have broadband with a very fast connection. I pity those who are still living – Internet speed wise – in the Nineties or, above all, who do not have a massive capacity on their computer hard disks. Remember the days when Gates said we only needed a few hundred kilobytes working space?

The first thing that I noticed after the update was that the twelve irreparable errors I get – connections which do not lead to where they should – are all still there. Not just that, there are now a few more. The total number of errors which come up each and every time is now thirty-five. Some of these are links to DLL file errors, some are links to files which simply do not exist. The update has not improved the situation.

However, no matter how much this rubbish annoys me, that’s not what I wish to write about today, and thus my illustration.

Clean Your Disks!

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When you do an update, information is backed-up and saved in case the update doesn’t install properly. In the case of Windows 10 this is a good thing, but it also allows you to undo the update – or revert back to an earlier edition of Windows which was stable and worked as it should – with a few clicks of the mouse and a lot of luck. This means that, after an update, you have the new information saved on your hard disks, as well as the old, and that can take up a great deal of space.

Many people regularly run a cache cleaner or use the Microsoft system to remove temporary information. You click into the system, then onto the program which releases additional space on your disks by deleting excess files and information. For many, after a few hours in the Internet, this could be ten or twenty megabytes in total. hardly worth mentioning. After a major update, using Windows 10, it is exactly the same. You click-through, the program cleans up and asks whether you wish to delete.

What you might not see is that there is a second button which needs to be activated. The program cleans once, then has to clean the system – that is all unnecessary driver, error and update information – which the first sweep has not done.

One sweep after the Windows 10 update brought me a saving of eleven megabytes. The system sweep brought me a saving of twenty-six gigabytes.

This slightly larger data package included over nine hundred and fifty megabytes of something which included the word Retail in its title, which I can only assume is commercial – perhaps advertising trash Microsoft is foisting on us, or their new shop? – and decidedly not something that I want.

So, a small recommendation for those who need that extra space on their computer or who don’t want to sit for hours while programs try to load with a full disk hampering them: do a Hillary Clinton – wipe your disks!

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