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Free Space On Windows 8.1 Tablet Internal Storage

Many tablets nowadays comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, and I mean a complete computer on your hands not the Windows 8 RT ARM based ones "without win32 desktop applications support".

If you happen to have a windows 8.1 tablet there is a big chance that it have a small internal storage, SSD or others, 16gb tablets and 32 tablets are common to have a low space problem.

Here is some tips on how I solved my own low space problems, if you do all of the below steps there is a chance of freeing up to 8GB of space on your C: drive.

Move paging file to external storage

Paging file is a space on your internal storage or SSD that works as ram, usually it's a file the same size as your ram, so if your tablet have 1GB of ram the paging file will be the same.

You will be using external media to have your paging file, if your remove that USB or SD your machine will freeze, but don't worry if you happen to lose it your system will boot without it and automatically create a temp paging file for you on C: Drive.
  1. Insert an SD card onto your tablet (or a low profile usb that you are not going to use) system will assign it to letter "D:".
  2. Right click my computer > Advanced system setting > Performance > advanced tab.
  3. Un-check box that let system choose paging size for all drives automatically.
  4. Click on C: and choose no paging file.
  5. Click on D: and let system choose for that specific drive.
  6. Restart.
If you face problems try higher performance SD card cheap once usually wont work for their low performance.

Now your windows 8 tablet will create a paging file on your external storage "SD recommended of class 10 but below should work".

And guess what you just freed from 1gb and up depends on your tablet ram size.

Un-install Office 365 setup files or move office 365 to D: external storage

This will free up to 3GB of space on your internal C: Drive.

  • If you don't plan to install office and have other alternatives (most tablets comes with free office 365), just go to control panel and uninstall the setup package.
  • If you want to use it make sure to read on how to customize click and run applications so you can luckily have it on D: drive, I didn't try my self.
Delete recovery partition

If your tablet uses the new windows 8.1 WIMBOOT imaging technology there is a big chance that if you delete your recovery your machine wont ever boot again until you place the recover back into it's place.

But if windows tells you that you can delete it than no worry, keep reading.

  • Go to start screen search and enter "recovery drive".
  • Insert a 4GB or more USB drive into your tablet, use OTG if you don't have a USB port and follow in screen instructions.
  • After windows finishes moving the recovery into your USB there will be an option to delete the recover from the system.
  • Click that option and you should have freed another 4gb of storage. 
If recovery creator didn't show the option to delete recovery chances are you cannot delete it, and if you force delete it your windows wont boot at all.

Still want to take the rest?
ok here is a link on how to force delete your recovery partition.

Disable Hibernation

By disabling hibernation you gain space equal to your RAM free on your internal storage.
By default hibernation is already disabled when you buy a windows 8, 8.1 tablet or even install it by your self.
  • Hover or pull from the options bar from the right, choose settings than control panel.
  • Control Panel window > System and Security category.
  • On the System and Security window  > Power Options.
  • On the Power Options window > Choose what the power buttons do.
  • Than click Change the settings that are currently unavailable option on the top.
  •  on Shutdown settings section, uncheck the Hibernate box.


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