Windows 10 Will Soon Be Able To Help You Free Up Disk Space Automatically

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Windows 10 that will automatically free up disk space for its users. The feature is available on the latest Windows 10 Insider Build and is expected to be rolled out to the public as part of the upcoming Creators Update.

When a PCs disk space is low, the new feature lets Windows 10 automatically remove files that are no longer needed. According to notes by Microsoft:

"Currently we support this for unused temporary files and items that have been in your recycle bin for 30 days."

The option is off by default but you can switch it on by accessing System > Storage Setting. You can customise what files you want to automatically clean up. There's also a way to manually activate the clean-up function on this settings page.

The feature is available now on Windows 10 Insider Build 15014. Members of the Windows Insider program will be able to access this build. For the rest of us, expect to see the new storage feature in the Creators Update in April.

[MSPoweruser via Microsoft Windows Blog]


    When a PCs disk space is low, the new feature lets Windows 10 automatically remove files that are no longer needed.

    Is it really that hard to run Disk Clean up every month or so and empty the recycle bin at the end of each day?

    Oh wait, I keep forgetting. There are some idiots out there that use the recycle bin as a storage device.

    Here's a news flash out there for those who still do. They care called bins for a reason and usually only have a maximum capacity of around 10% of your hard drive. Once that limit is reached, older files inside are automatically deleted as new files are added.

      Couldn't care less about the recycle bin, I want windows to clean up it's temporary and windows update storage!

        That I could never work out. For the longest time Windows update "rubbish" had to be done by hand making that option in disk cleanup a god send.

        But temporary files? I never could understand that either.

        Is it really that hard to have an option in the boot/shut down process to empty the folder like other OSes do?

        And no, I'm not talking about us, the users. That really should be a feature of the OS.

        Last edited 23/01/17 10:26 am

    If you set a maximum size for your recycle bin it should already delete files as they become too old.

    We all are eagerly waiting for such updates from Microsoft. It will hugely impact the working performance of our Windows OS. Currently, I'm using third party software called Bitraser for free up my unused disk space so that I will smoothly perform my work.

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