CarCrazy98
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Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop Unable to Update Windows 10

I've had the Windows Upgrade Assistant on my desktop for a while now, and it keeps prompting me to upgrade Windows. The only problem is that I do not have enough disk space.
I have run disk cleanup, I've cleared off most unnecessary files, and I still only have about 3.9gb of free disk space.

This laptop has the 32gb SSD, and obviously that isn't much space. It seems I would have to remove Windows 10 in order to update to the newest version of Windows 10. I have tried using removable media (flash drive) to install the update like has been shown in several places, but the Upgrade Assistant won't show that option.

This laptop was preloaded with Windows 10 from the factory, this wan't an upgrade from 8.1 or anything.

I'd really like to get this working, and I'd rather not overwrite the current Windows installation and wipe my data and everything just to install this update. Does anyone know what I can do to update Windows?

I had a thread on the Microsoft Answers forum if anyone needs more information, which is here: answers.microsoft.com/.../12302256-f087-411c-8a5a-4667d7f6f688

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Dell-BradL
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RE: Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop Unable to Update Windows 10

Hi there, not sure if you ended up doing a clean install with the 1607 update already, and if not, I believe you already tried this, but what size is the 32 GB drive partitioned, like roughly ~29 GB? Unfortunately from what I have seen unless there is a way to clear up the required free space by removing downloads/files etc to another drive then I believe the install with keeping your personal files will be the easier option (or even a clean install). At least that is what I have come across on this subject.


Let me know where you're at with this update and the partition size just in case we get lucky on a hidden partition (but I want to say your system doesn't have one).


Best regards,

Brad 

 



 

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CarCrazy98
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RE: Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop Unable to Update Windows 10

Thanks for your reply!

Yes, my computer has around 28-29 GB on the drive. With Windows installed along with all of the Dell drivers, etc. it is at around 4 GB.

Unfortunately, there is no other partition on my drive, so I cannot adjust anything. I downloaded a partitioning program to try and change it, but it only shows a single partition on my drive.

I haven't done anything with the update yet. I might try to dig deeper in making some more space on the drive, but I really don't think there is anything else to uninstall. I'd rather not do a clean Windows 10 install, since I'd like to keep this system as it is stock and not a bare bones install. Been there, done that... seems to cause more problems.

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CarCrazy98
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RE: Dell Inspiron 11 Laptop Unable to Update Windows 10

Good news! I just got a notification on the computer to fix a problem with updates since they could not install, and when I clicked "Fix Now," the Windows Update window opened and shows "Windows needs more space." The good part is that I have the option now to choose another drive or attach an external drive with 14 GB available. This is for the 1607 update.

Fortunately, I have a 16gb flash drive available and I am transferring the contents to my other laptop right now in order to have enough space for the update. I will let you know what happens. Hopefully I can update everything with no problem.

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