Free Up Space in Windows RT by Clearing Old Programs and Cached Apps

[Tips] Free Up Space for Windows RT by Clearing Old Programs []


If you tend to download a lot of apps, you may notice that your disk space is seemingly running low, even after you uninstall applications that supposedly take up a lot of space.  This is because Microsoft in their wisdom stores a cache of downloaded apps and data on the disk drive.  This might be OK in a desktop environment were Terabyte hard drives are common, but in a Microsoft Surface Tablet with only 32GB total space, storage is at a premium!

The good thing is this space can easily be freed up.

  1. Navigate to your Desktop
  2. Open File Explorer
  3. Go to the Folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
  4. Delete the Downloads folder in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  5. Empty your Recycle Bin if necessary

Another move you can make to free up even more space is to run the Disk Clean Up utility. Microsoft stores troubleshooting information whenever your device crashes or hangs up, this information can quickly pile up and will take up a lot of precious disk space.  Using the Disk Clean Up Utility however you can remove these unwanted files.

Microsoft needs to rethink storage space on Tablets.  On these devices, memory is at a premium and we can’t afford to have it wasted the way it would be on a desktop.


About Jurgen

I'm a Mechanical Engineer, maker, mobile enthusiast, cyclist, hacker, gamer, and foodie who has been following the mobile product scene since the first Palm Pilots. I've been a chronic early adopter for well over a decade now and see a lot of potential for Windows RT.

  • woojames

    Thanks! Really needed this tip to free up enough space to download the Windows RT 8.1 update.

  • Mee

    Does this delete app data also?