How to Fix Low Storage Space Problem on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Jul. 07, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

A host of issues always come with the Windows Operation System Update. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is no exception. One of the common issues is the low storage space on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which may lead to the Windows 10 Update failed installs in the midway.

Generally, error messages like 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012 and 0x80070070 – 0x60000 indicate that there is no enough storage space for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. To fix the low storage problem and free up your disk space to make a room for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can try the following four methods.

Method 1. Fix Low Storage Space Issue with Disk Cleanup Utility

This dilemma can be relieved by using the Disk Cleanup tool to free up disk space on your hard drive.

1. Use the Windows shortcut keys Win + R to open the Run command.

2. Type cleanmgr in the command box and then hit Enter (make sure the C: drive is selected before pressing Enter).

3. Click Clean up system file and then click OK.

4. Choose the file to delete, files including "Recycle Bin," "Temporary Internet Files," "Temporary Files," "System error memory dump files," "Previous Windows Installation," "Temporary Windows installation files".

Note: Bear in mind that don’t select the "Windows Setup temporary files" since those are the ones to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

5. Click OK and then click Delete Files to clean out storage space.

6. Try to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update one more time after the above 5 steps complete.

Method 2. Use an External USB Drive to Fix Low Storage Space Issue on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

As Microsoft officially recommends that to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you should have 16GB of free space for Windows 32-bit and 20GB for Windows 64-bit. Attaching an external USB drive to your system can help to add disk space for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Plug in a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of storage to your computer (But having 16 GB is recommended), and then Windows 10 Anniversary Update setup will do an automatic detection to use it as temporary storage to perform the upgrade.

Method 3. Download and Update Your Drivers to Free Up Storage Space

Driver issues can lead to various kinds of computer conflicts, such as low storage space, no Wi-Fi available, bluetooth not working, black screen, blue screen, etc. To rule out the possibility that driver glitches cause no enough disk usage for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you might as well use a technical driver download and update utility like Driver Talent to troubleshoot possible driver malfunctions.

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Step 1. Identify Your Drivers

Click “Scan” to identify the outdated, missing, or corrupt drivers that may result in storage problems. Driver Talent will make a list of them after seconds.

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Step 2. Download and Update Drivers

Click “Repair” to fix the faulty drivers or update drivers to the latest drivers by clicking “Update”.

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Note: It is suggested don’t update drivers when they are not broken.

Besides, keep in mind that back up drivers before installing new drivers.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the drivers installation.

Step 4. Try to upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update one more time.

Method 4. Uninstall Programs to Free Up Storage Space

You can move some unused programs on your computer to free up storage space to upgrade Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Go to Control Panel and uninstall the programs on your C: drive which you seldom use or could live without for a while. Free up enough space for the upgrade and retry Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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Hope this post could help to free up your enough disk space or storage space to allow the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to install. If you have other more solutions, please share with us in the comment section below.

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