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HP Probook 450 G4
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I am using HP Probook 450 G4 laptop.

  • When installing drivers from HP web site, HP Softpaq download manager was too installed. That time free space of C drive was 150 GB out of 200GB. Softpaq download manager was ran today to find out latest driver updates. After that Free space shrank to 145 GB. What happened to free space? How to regain lost 5 GB? Is there any safe way to delete older drivers leaving latest only?

  • Is there any software that would support HP Probook users to extend battery life & thereby stops background unwanted applications?

 

Kindly explain.

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The SoftPaqs are stored in the \SWsetup folder. Once installed you don't need to keep the files there unless you need to re-install for some reason. You might want to store the contents to some offline storage if you fear that you would need to do a re-install without network connectivity. Usually you can get connected enough to redownload though.

 

You can use a very nice free utility to see which folders and subfolders and files are hogging your precious disk space. The utility is called WinDirStat and can be downloaded from here:

 

https://windirstat.net/

 

Be very careful not to delete anything that you are not sure about.

 

With the Microsoft Disk Clean-up utility (type the name in the Windows/Cortana search) you can usually gain quite a bit of free space if you are happy how your computer is currently operating. It lets you remove the installation files for already installed updates and also to remove older system restore points etc.  There is no turning back, so again, be sure that you are happy with the current operation of the machine before you commit.

 

As to the battery utilization, Windows 10 already comes with some tools to help you. In Settings->System->Battery you can see which apps are using your battery and also excert some control (click on the app).

 

As an easy  option you could turn up the battery saver to activate at a very high battery percentage and see if you can get your vital backround apps like Email still perform ok and how much time you would gain by that. maneuver.

 

If you know what you are doing you can control the stuff that windows loads at startup with the Task Manager app and the scheduling of background apps with the Task Scheduler app or more easily with some third party app like CCleaner byt Piriform.

 

 

People are using their precious remaining lifetime to try and help, so it is common courtesy to come back and tell what the solution eventually was even if you found it elsewhere. It is for the benefit of everyone.

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The SoftPaqs are stored in the \SWsetup folder. Once installed you don't need to keep the files there unless you need to re-install for some reason. You might want to store the contents to some offline storage if you fear that you would need to do a re-install without network connectivity. Usually you can get connected enough to redownload though.

 

You can use a very nice free utility to see which folders and subfolders and files are hogging your precious disk space. The utility is called WinDirStat and can be downloaded from here:

 

https://windirstat.net/

 

Be very careful not to delete anything that you are not sure about.

 

With the Microsoft Disk Clean-up utility (type the name in the Windows/Cortana search) you can usually gain quite a bit of free space if you are happy how your computer is currently operating. It lets you remove the installation files for already installed updates and also to remove older system restore points etc.  There is no turning back, so again, be sure that you are happy with the current operation of the machine before you commit.

 

As to the battery utilization, Windows 10 already comes with some tools to help you. In Settings->System->Battery you can see which apps are using your battery and also excert some control (click on the app).

 

As an easy  option you could turn up the battery saver to activate at a very high battery percentage and see if you can get your vital backround apps like Email still perform ok and how much time you would gain by that. maneuver.

 

If you know what you are doing you can control the stuff that windows loads at startup with the Task Manager app and the scheduling of background apps with the Task Scheduler app or more easily with some third party app like CCleaner byt Piriform.

 

 

People are using their precious remaining lifetime to try and help, so it is common courtesy to come back and tell what the solution eventually was even if you found it elsewhere. It is for the benefit of everyone.
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