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You can use the following methods to free up drive space in Windows 10/8/7.

Way 1: Use Built-in Disk Cleanup Utility
Step 1: Type in Disk Cleanup in the search bar to open it.
Step 2: Choose which drive you want to clean.
Step 3: Select the file types you want to delete. There is a Description section with every file type you select. If you want to learn more precisely what files you will delete, you can click on View Files.
Step 4: Click on OK.

Way 2: Empty the Recycle Bin
After you have sent the undesired files to the Recycle Bin but without emptying it, generally, the files will stay in the Recycle Bin for a while, and they undoubtedly take up the disk spaces and consequently impairing the PC's responsiveness. Use the steps below to free up the drive space:
Step 1: Go to the desktop right-click on the Recycle Bin.
Step 2:click on Empty Recycle Bin. A warning will pop up and ask for confirmation.
Step 3:Click on Yes to proceed.

Way 3: Uninstall Rarely Used Programs
There might be some programs that are lurking in your PC and rarely used. However, Windows has offered us the utility to uninstall them. Refer to the following steps to learn how to do:
Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu, and then choose Apps and Features.
Step 2: On the right page, under the Apps & features title, there is a list containing programs installed on the PC.
Step 3: Sort the list, click on an unwanted program, and then click on Uninstall to get rid of it.

If you have tried out all the solutions mentioned above and only a small fraction of space has been freed, there are other effective methods in this article:
15 Ways on How to Free up Drive Space in Windows 10/8/7 - Bitwarsoft

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You'll get more out of Windows 8 if the operating system has enough free space for you to install your favorite programs and apps.
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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/system-requirements
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http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/features/windows/3358892/windows-8-system-requirements/
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012847/how-to-master-storage-spaces-in-windows-8.html
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    • 9 Follow onscreen instructions to install Windows 8.
    • 10 Reboot after you install Windows 8, ensuring that you've removed any installation media. When the computer restarts, you are presented with a boot screen that lets you pick between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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3. look at the amount of used space in blue , and free space you have in pink

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