I'm trying to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 8 and the installer told me I need at least 16 Gb of free space on the C partition.
I've already used most of the common tricks of freeing up space on C (most of them found right here, in other similar questions). Here's a list of what I have tried so far:
- using the windows Disk Cleanup tool
- using CCleaner
- uninstalling most of the software
- cleaning up my desktop and the stuff inside My Documents
- cleaning up temp files
- disabling hibernation
- the 'recovering lost disk space after installing windows 7 sp1 pack' trick
I'm also going to defragment the partition as soon as CCleaner finishes up his job.
Things I haven't tried: - uninstalling windows updates. I don't think this would be a good idea
Right now I have 12.4 Gb free out of 38.9 for my C partition and maybe, just maybe I'll reach 13 after I finish everything.
I do have some free space on other partitions (I have two hard drives in total), but no unallocated space. I understood that I can increase the size of C:/, but I don't know how safe it would be in my case.
What other things can I do without messing up my current version of Windows 7? Are there some window related files that I can safely delete (like fonts) or maybe move on another partition until the upgrade is done?
I also have a hidden ESD folder on C containing installing files for Windows 8 that I already have on my bootable USB drive but again, I don't know if it's safe to delete them?
Do any of you have some more suggestions? Most of the stuff found on Google is related to what I've already done...