I have an Acer ASPIRE ES1-432 Laptop. Started off with about 29Gb of memory which has been steadily dropping down to around 2Gb.
I am religious with keeping everything off the machine & stored on external drives, plus I regularly clean out the temp web files & run the Windows 'Disk Cleanup' option.
Problem is that the latest Windows update tells me it needs 8Gb!
I could live with the loss of perhaps certain functions by missing an update or two, but now I find I am noticing some constant issues with folders on external drives, ejecting external drives & Windows Defender.
External Drive Folders:
I can create & sometimes delete them, & I can drag/drop any files inside those folders to other folders, but when I try to edit or rename an existing folder it keeps telling me it has a file open somewhere.....even though I know this is not the case. This function works fine on my other laptop.
Ejecting External Drives:
Always comes up with the same error message despite knowing that I have closed everything off.....
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When I check it under 'Settings, Update & Security' it shows it as On....
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However when I scroll down further to 'Open Windows Defender', I get a message telling me the app is turned off.
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I am also running Malwarebytes Premium which has been running with Defender on this & another laptop quite nicely (I had a previous issue with the other laptop's speed which was resolved by stopping Avast & just running Defender & MWB Premium).
I am sure that running the Windows updates would probably fix my Defender issue but the 'help' info provided by Windows doesn't tell me how to do this when I need 8Gb & only have 2Gb free! Is it possible run it via an external USB drive?......
Any advice would be appreciated.