Are you tired of manually deleting files to make way for a Windows 10 update? A solution is on its way! Microsoft will now reserve at least 7GB of your device’s storage to help facilitate smooth Windows 10 updates.
Windows currently does not check to see whether a user has enough space on their device before beginning an update. Users who currently do not have enough storage space usually receive an error message and must delete some of their files. Windows 10 19H1, also known as version 1903, will save at least 7GB of a device’s storage to guarantee that there is room for any future updates. This feature will be automatically enabled on devices that ship with Windows 10 19H1.
The reserved space will be controlled by the Windows 10 Storage Sense storage-management utility. It will hold temporary and unnecessary files that will inevitably be deleted. If a Windows Update requires more space, it will utilize other free space on the device.
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Users will not be able to eliminate the reserved space, but they will be able to control how much space is saved by uninstalling optional features. Microsoft is hopeful that this change will prevent users from having to delete files. They remarked, “Since disk space has been set aside for this purpose, your device will function more reliably.”
Microsoft is working in other ways to make the update process a little more convenient. At the moment, Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users have the option of pausing an update for 35 days, but other users have not been so fortunate. The next update may allow Windows 10 Home users to postpone their updates for up to seven days.
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was a bit of a disaster. File deletions, Windows 10 Pro deactivations, a Zip file extraction bug, broken mapped drives, non-function iCloud apps, and problems with AMD and Intel drivers were just a handful of the issues that plagued the Update. The update was eventually removed from Microsoft’s servers, reworked, and rolled out again. Let us hope that Microsoft’s upcoming update fares better than its predecessor.