A friend of mine has one of these and had the same problem with the inability to update Win 10. He too had bought it for much the same reasons as yourself - web browsing, emails and the occasional document.
At the finish, and with his approval, I wiped the drive and installed Linux Mint XFCE and with Firefox, Chromium and Libre Office he was still able to do what he wanted and had about 15 - 20 GB of hard drive space to play with.
An option you might wish to consider.
Absolutely! On this one, I'll second Chris right down the line (he's one of BC's more 'enlightened' mods....and one of the Forum's 'good guys'!)
Linux does NOT have the ridiculous space demands mandated by recent versions of Windoze (and I understand that Win 10 is worse than all previous versions in this respect).
On many occasions I've read here on BC that to run Win 10 you really need a drive with an absolute minimum of 500 GB space....
500 GB...???! WTF is it doing with all that space? Please, somebody, explain this one to me.....'cos I cannot figure that one out for the life of me.
Your average Linux distro needs around 8-10 GB to actually install, and only a few gigs for updates and the like. Myself, I run a litter of 'Puppies' (10 at the last count), plus a huge number of sym-linked, 'shared' apps/programs from a remote partition on a 500 GB WD Caviar 'Blue', and the drive is barely 40% full.....leaving around 300 GB to play with.
(And that's not including the external 3 TB Seagate Expansion Desktop drive I use for all my personal data.....)
Every 'Puppy' ever built will run from an 8 GB flash drive (it loads into RAM, and runs from there, which makes it ridiculously responsive, since RAM is by far and away the fastest component of any computer), not even needing to be installed on your hard drive at all.....and you can easily use it for everything you've mentioned in your first post. If that sounds like it might be something you'd be interested in exploring, have a look here:-
....which is the 'Puppy' Linux home page, and here:-
.....which is the 'Puppy' Linux forums, where you can get all the help you could possibly want/need regarding using Puppy.
Just my tuppence-worth, but.....well worth considering.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 18 March 2018 - 05:09 AM.
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