Many of you might have been trying to get the Windows 10 November Update installed on lower capacity devices like tablets with 16 or 32 GB of storage. The upgrade is next to impossible it seems. The usual recommendations ensuring you have a minimum of 9 to 10 GBs of available space is like asking users to pull a rabbit out of a hat. No matter how much space you clear up, archiving personal data to an external hard disk you might apply, the upgrade still refuses to work.
The Windows Team realized it was asking a bit too much of users, and a fix was released to help update devices with low storage capacity easier.
Easier Upgrade to Windows 10 1511 on Low Capacity Devices
With the fix that we’ve released (KB3124260), Windows will better use external storage, making it much more likely that the install will continue once you select to use an external drive and hit the Refresh button. The fix reduces the amount of space required on the C: drive by over 2 GB.
Users should note, this fix is for devices already running Windows 10 that have not been updated to the November Update yet. If you’re still running Windows 8.1, you’ll still have to face the hurdle to get it installed.
Please note that this issue and fix only apply to Windows 10 devices upgrading to the November update. It does not apply to Windows 8.1 devices.
If you have been attempting to upgrade to 1511, you’ll need to perform some chores first to get the fix so you can reliably perform the upgrade:
If you had previously experienced this issue, to get the fix you’ll first need to remove the temporary Windows installation files so that you can download them again, this time with the fix included. To do this:
- Run Disk Cleanup.
- Click Clean up system files.
- Select Temporary Windows installation files and click OK.
Then check for Windows Updates and try reinstalling the Windows 10 November update. When the update downloads, it will include the fix that will make it easier to use an external drive to install the update if you are low on free disk space.
Give it a shot yourself and let us know which device you’re using and the results in the comments below.