Disc space and unremovable invisible files

On my dell tablet (64GB SSD and Atom processor) upgraded from the original Windows 8.1 to 10 with the Windows 10 last update (mid July 17):

Two issues:

1.)  In Settings>system>storage>this PC(C:) there are 944MB of files in the recycle bin which I cannot remove.  With a small disc this matters!. BUT from the desktop the recycle bin is empty.  How do I get that storage back?

2.)  Under Tempory Files>Other the total shown is over 4GB but the breakdown adds up to only a few MB.  What is taking up that space and can I get that storage back?


I still have those 944GB of recycle bin files showing in the settings route.

->If you have 955 GBytes of recycle bin files then you must have a huge disk, not a "small disk" as you claimed in your first post.

You can use this sledge hammer to really empty your Recycle Bin:

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. Type cmd.exe. Do NOT press Enter.
  3. Right-click the Command Prompt frame that appears on top, then left-click Run as administrator.
  4. Type these commands and press Enter after each:
    rd  /s  /q  $Recycle.Bin
    md  $Recycle.Bin
    attrib +h  $Recycle.bin
    (the last two commands are not required in case the "rd" command refuses to delete all files)

The mysterious 4GB of "other" files that are not enumerated, just showing up in the total.

-> You can use this tool to find out what's eating your disk space. It's most likely your System Restore points.


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