PC users often blame Windows operating system for eating up GBs of disk space over time. This is because, a significant number of Windows users never try to delete temporary files and old files created by Windows operating system.
Other than deleting temporary files and uninstalling unwanted programs, there are tens of ways to free up disk space in Windows operating system. It’s just that most users are not aware of these methods.
Deleting previous version of drivers in Windows 10
We have previously talked about deleting Windows.old folder to free up disk space after upgrading to newer version of Windows 10. In this guide, we will show how you can free up GBs of disk space by deleting old device drivers in Windows 10.
You likely know that Windows 10 automatically installs new device drivers in the background using Windows Update. That is, Windows Update automatically downloads and installs hardware drivers when they are available. When Windows 10 installs a new driver (using Windows Update or other sources), it keeps copies of previously installed device driver packages so that users can restore previous version of a driver if there is any issue with the new driver.
Fortunately, there is a provision in Windows 10 to delete old device drivers without the help of third-party tools. You can delete old Windows 10 hardware drivers in a few mouse clicks to free up disk space.
When you delete old device drivers in Windows 10 using this method, Windows 10 keeps the most current version of driver packages and will delete all previous ones. So we advise you periodically delete old drivers to regain disk space.
Steps to delete old drivers in Windows 10
Here is how to delete old device drivers in Windows 10:
Step 1: Open up This PC, right-click on the drive where Windows 10 is installed and then click Properties.
Step 2: Under the General tab of Properties dialog, click Disk Cleanup button to let the tool calculate the amount of free space that you can free up by deleting unnecessary files.
NOTE: If you the Disk Cleanup button is not showing up, please refer to our restore missing Disk Cleanup button guide.
Step 3: When you see the following dialog, click Clean up system files button.
Step 4: Finally, check the box labelled Device driver packages and then click OK button.
Click Delete files button when you see the confirmation dialog to begin deleting old drivers from Windows 10. Simple as that!
You can also free up space by deleting Windows Update cache in Windows 10.