Microsoft fixes Windows 10 November Update issue in low storage space systems

In a forum post, Microsoft support engineer has revealed that it has fixed an issue that caused the Windows 10 November update to fail to install on certain computer with low storage space. Earlier, systems with smaller hard drives like 16 GB or 32 GB had issue in updating the system to newest release even with the assistance of external storage.

New Fix resolves Windows 10 Update issue in low storage space systems

Windows 10 PC

With the fix KB3124260 which Microsoft released yesterday, Windows 10 will now efficiently use the external storage space to complete the installation of the update and works as expected when user selects an external drive and hits the refresh button. The fix also frees up extra amount of space of 2 GB which was required by the system on C: drive.

However, Microsoft has confirmed that this particular issue and fix applies only to Windows 10 devices that are upgrading to the November update and doesn’t apply to Windows 8.1 devices. The existing users who faced this issue on systems with low storage space can now take an advantage of this fix provided by Microsoft and receive Windows 10 November update without any problem.

If you have experienced this issue and are looking for a fix, you could simply clear the old and temporarily installation files and download the fresh update that comes with fix. Follow these steps:

  1. Run Disk Cleanup.
  2. Click on Clean up system files.
  3. Choose Temporary Windows installation files and then click OK.

Once you have performed the above steps, you can now try re-install the Windows 10 November update. The fix should take care of installing updates with the help of external storage on systems with low storage space, says Microsoft.

Download this VPN to secure all your Windows devices and browse anonymously
Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. Mux

    Merry Xmas. I don’t know if it is a matter of “holidays”, but I am unable to get this update. I am cleaning, installing and re-installing since yesterday with no luck. Using a patched-iso is not a solution on my side. Dism using the microsoft update catalog is not suitable for online installation for this kb. What’s the matter? How can I solve this issue? I have a windows 10 tablet with 16 GB storage and I need this update. The installation keeps asking for 6.6 GB storage even using an external SD. Cheers!

  2. Pricop Catalin

    The same problem I have a winpad 700 16gb memory but still don’t work to update. I have 32 gb sd card and 16gb usb 2 in 1 with micro…. but just 1 port micro usb free. With sd card ask me 3.21 gb and what can I delete. This tablet is now. 10 days ago I buyed them no app installed. Nothing on it … ask me twice to free memory. First to 14gb usb and after I insert usb after download 1.9 gb file. Ask me again for another 3.21 free gb on c: (without sd inserted).
    If I try to install with sd. First time ask for 10gb free drive. And stuck at 42% asking again for free 3.21 gb on c:. I force it with refresh 10-20 times but unfortunately…
    Yeah this win 10 is not so good. No support after you buy a tablet …. You have just first minors update…. Why microsoft don’t say he cannot give support on tablet with 16gb or 32 space … and don’t buy it. Buy just surface pro with 64gb 😉
    With that mistake they will lose all potential customers and ex-customer’s pc. Who want tablet with windows 10 ….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

9 + 9 =