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Windows 10 will begin reserving 7GB or more for updates

By Greg S ยท 38 replies
Jan 9, 2019
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  1. When the next major update to Windows 10 arrives, you may notice that a sizable portion of disk space has been eaten up. In fact, Microsoft will be allocating working space for updates, applications, temporary files, and caches to prevent problems from lack of available storage.

    Remember all of the issues with the October 2018 Update and user files going missing? This change will ensure that no user files ever need to be relocated in order for updates to be installed.

    Currently, when a user fills up all of their available disk space, Windows runs into a problem. Certain applications and services begin to fail in no particular order. Adding a storage reserve eliminates these issues and improves the overall stability of the platform.

    When it is time to install updates, end users should no longer see their disk space used increase during the download process. In the event that that very large updates are pushed out that go beyond the already allocated space, the reserved amount can be increased. If there is no more space available, it will be possible to plug in external storage such as a USB drive or hard drive and continue as normal without deleting files from your local hard drive.

    Storage Sense will attempt to keep a hold on the size of the reserved space by removing unneeded temporary files. Even though Microsoft is stating that the reserved portion will begin at 7GB in the next major release, it will vary over time. For the majority of users, losing a little bit of storage space will have no impact on performance, but will help avoid annoyances later down the road.

    Should you be feeling a little short on storage space, consider checking out our guide of Ways to Free Up Storage Space on Windows. If you still need more, take a look at The Best of Storage 2019 to pick out some extra hardware.

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +454

    Taking my precious ssd space for updates? It should be considered a crime to do so.
    senketsu, Humza, Lounds and 4 others like this.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +1,651

    I've always considered Windows OS's as bloatware. That's why I have my operating system parked on a 256GB SSD with plenty of room to spare just for situations like this.

    And with AAA games and production software taking up 50GB and more of space, this is really pretty mild by comparison.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,119   +1,594

    More evidence that M$ is a glutton
    SpatulaCity and wiyosaya like this.
  5. jonny888

    jonny888 TS Booster Posts: 61   +64

    I don't know if you've ever had the joy of a Linux server filling up on disk space, but I can tell you things fall apart in more or less the same way if you do. Reserving space for system files way ahead of time is an interesting approach, though I suspect many will also be looking a way to turn it off if they feel like they're losing too much.
    Darth Shiv and Digitalzone like this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,609   +3,221

    My 256GB SSD is already so short on space, I have no way of making another 7GB for MS junk. Will have to disable all future updates now :(
    SpatulaCity likes this.
  7. dualkelly

    dualkelly TS Booster Posts: 86   +59

    Good luck if your running windows 10 you will be forced to install all updates as your operating system is not yours to do with as you please. I still wonder why fanbois glorify windows 10. It's complete trash.
  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 850   +658

    I wouldn't say it is "complete" trash. I would probably be using it if it weren't for the sleazy, misleading, and theft of personal information by Microsoft that keeps me from it.

    Microsoft - for all those people you forced into Win10, if they run out of drive space and can no longer be forced to install updates, you are the one who needs to buy everyone more drive space. You are forcing us into operating system failures (and productivity loss) due to no hard drive space. Congratulations on yet another epic fail. I so wish they wouldn't have done this. When are they going to start over on Win11?
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,221   +2,488

    On pro you can fairly easily turn off updates through the group policy editor. On Home, there are means out there to install the group policy editor without having pro, however, I have no personal experience in doing this so I do not know whether turning off updates after having the GPE cobbled in there works.

    For my one Home machine, I disabled three services and no more updates unless I want them - which, for the most part, I don't want them.
    SpatulaCity likes this.
  10. sukhwant singh

    sukhwant singh TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +13

    That space could be quite useful to copy and save files naming them as updates files without occupying known space to user! and then upload it or copy to external drive later if possible!
  11. Digitalzone

    Digitalzone TS Booster Posts: 102   +47

    Default Windows installation after several major updates and with using the Cleaning tool is about 15 GB. The problem is you guys.
    Silvernine and Apogee777 like this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,772   +837

    Seems humorous to me that M$FT has been making operating systems for over 20 years, and they're about seven "feature updates" in on this new Windows 10 "as a service" before they decide to take measures to make sure there is enough space for the update and related data. Did they just hire a bunch of GED-equivalent monkeys to code Windows 10??? It's like they have no clue what they are doing.

    On a side note, hey Microsoft, how about you finish replacing all the old Vista-era control panel applets, and give the power of customization back to the power user and administrators before adding more "features" we don't need. Thanks!

    And to all the complainers about 7 GB for a feature update, BUCK UP! Storage is cheap! Considering you can get 128 GB of flash storage for less money than a filling meal for two at a decent restaurant, why are you complaining?
  13. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 850   +658

    Hello, McFly. It takes hours to re-install windows plus re-installing all the missing apps, plus restoring data, plus not having a computer during the whole process if you're at all competent. Not to mention knowing what type of drive or the best one to buy, plus time to research and shop for one, driving to get one or wait a week, plus install it. Most people barely know how to push the power button. Not to mention it wasn't an issue to begin with. All because MS wants to artificially chew up drive space? A big bone-headed move.

    I guess they are hoping their previous updates that delete a person's files would have cleared up this space?
  14. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +1,230

    I personally don't like HDD at all beyond archival storage.

    My Boot Drive is a 525GB SSD with 25GB specifically for Windows and the rest for music, videos and files...

    ...but my main drives are four 1-TB SSD for gamesand videos (Video editing is fastest from SSD to SSD).
  15. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Booster Posts: 132   +14

    So we gonna needing a bigger drive HDD ssd hybrid. when 4k 8k comes it would be petabyte. 8k raw 5 min takes 1 pb with 5 min movies. so getting a 2 petabytes in ssd stick would be some how 8 min storrage. what if you want to see 1 ohr 8k raw how many pb do wee needing then ?
    why not go for hd 4k 8k 16 textures in win 10 like pc games. then you would needing 4-16 tb textures and rest of that too temp catche adobe catche and so on.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    So Windows 10 space requirement has increased by 10GB from build updates since launch.
  17. Bullwinkle M

    Bullwinkle M TS Booster Posts: 155   +80

    Hey, if you don't want another MS update to downgrade your computer further, how about NOT leaving 7GB free for the update?

    If Microsoft deletes anything, you can sue them
    Is that how you turn off updates?
  18. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,977   +581

    As well as the fact MS's current update model is user testing of beta quality updates... Their new update model is a disaster. Hopefully the ramifications of this crap will force them to rethink.
    senketsu and cliffordcooley like this.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    I've been waiting over three years. I'm not gonna hold my breath. It certainly would be nice though. Chances are we will end up with something equally as bad if not worse.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  20. Xallisto

    Xallisto TS Booster Posts: 42   +52

    Windows can piss off.
    Knot Schure and MaikuTech like this.
  21. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 474   +273

    Huh, you can turn off auto updates.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    No, you can only defer them to a later date. Eventually they will install regardless. Unless you find a way to kill Windows Update completely.
    Knot Schure likes this.
  23. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 749   +299

    Can't blame MS cause you use a small hard drive. That's on you. Invest in a bigger hard drive or do what smart people and don't use your ssd for everything.
  24. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 749   +299

    Windows is a evolving ecosystem, there wont be another windows coming. It's just like Apple.
    MS aren't the only ones who mislead, steal data or are even sleazy, ALL companies do that including Apple and Google.
  25. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,977   +581

    You can sc delete the Windows Update service.

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