Windows 10 will deprive users 7 GB of disk space

Angelica Greene
January 13, 2019

What are your thoughts regarding this reserved storage feature? You can not totally remove the reserved storage but it is possible to reduce the size of the storage.

Freshly released preview will allocate roughly 7GB of hard disk space as "reserved storage", to be used for updates, apps, temporary files and system caches. You cannot make Windows not reserve space for the update, but you can control to an extent the amount of space reserved for the update.

Microsoft added initial allotment for reserved space would be around 7 gigabytes (GB), though the amount of reserved space will change depending on how you use your computer or adjustments made in future updates.

Reserved Storage facilitates updates to existing applications, as well as OS updates.

The clean install has to be actively initiated by users to get the Reserved Storage feature.

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Users can gain space back from Reserved Storage by checking to see if they are using so-called "optional features", which are applications that may have been preinstalled on a PC.

Besides the two fixes detailed in the changelog, as noticed by some users, the 2019-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 also patches an issue which causes the notifications in the Action Center to disappear when the icon is clicked faster than normal. The new user interface will require less clicks / taps and should be more consistent with the overall theme, regardless of the device now in use. This hopefully prevents Windows from deleting the wrong files.

There are no specifics as to what's changed in cumulative update KB4476976, as Microsoft hasn't published a changelog just yet, but we expect more information to make the rounds once the public rollout begins. It has also adopted other slimming measures. Microsoft would still very much like enterprise users to uninstall the Jiminy Cricket update (aka KB971033) because it is aimed at consumers. Possibly, that's one reason why Microsoft has been taking these steps to slim its update payloads.

A "feature update", which upgrades the operating system and arrives twice per year, can require "6GB-11GB or more of free space", according to a Microsoft support article.

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