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Win 10 Anniversary update issue

About 8 months ago, I was gifted a 2014 HP Envy laptop which had gotten whacked by ransomeware and after lots of cleaning, I was able to restore it to "factory settings" which brought me to Win 8.1. I then proceeded to successfully upgrade it to Win 10.

I recently saw an article on c/net regarding the impending Win 10 Anniversary update and followed a link to manually facilitate its installation from MS. I clicked on it & it took me through a simple diagnostic which confirmed that my computer was in fact, able to run the update. So, I clicked on it & went to bed (noting that there was a message stating that I would take a while) When I woke, my computer was displaying a message stating that the upgrade failed, due to "low disc space" I looked at the reserved/recovery partition created by HP/MS? and saw that it was in fact, maxed out (approx 28 gb used out of 28.8 gb) I then attempted to expand the partition size but, to no avail. So, my question is this: how do I free up enough space on this reserved drive partition for the update? Or, is there a workaround where I can point the update to my unreserved (normal) storage space (of which I have plenty)

Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,
-Steve

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I have a similar 32GB tablet.

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Upgrading is frankly an advanced guru effort. On that tablet I have resigned myself that it much be pretty much clean of anything of mine for the big updates. This will be my last smaller Windows device. If I do this again I will not buy unless it's 64GB or larger storage.

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recovery partition not meant to be added to

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that recovery partition is not meant to be added to, expanded or even used. It is only for restoring your computer to factory setup. The anniversary update is to upgrade the installed operating system.

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Yes, of course that makes perfect sense...

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If I didn't state this in my original post, I did NOT point the Anniversary update to the recovery partition, that's where it put itself. Is it possible for you (or any other person reading this post) to guide me through pointing the installation to the free space on my drive?

Thanks,
-S

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OK, but I can't say if your head will explode.

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Nothing better than having a sense of humor!

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Well, I followed the Superuser.com link you posted and you were right about the potential complexities of re-directing the update download. But, I did find a link to a MS page where, I was able to download the Anniversary update as an ISO, burned it to a DVD and successfully installed it that way!

Many thanks for the help

-Steve Cool

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Just answering one of your questions

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I was just answering one of your questions You asked " how do I free up enough space on this reserved drive partition for the update"

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