Windows 10 update: What is the minimum storage requirement? Can you get around this?

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The Windows 10 May Update is the first of two anticipated upgrades arriving on Microsoft’s computer platform in 2019. Microsoft released numerous previews of the software, revealing what fans can expect to see from the latest iteration of new Windows 10. However, the Windows 10 May update presents a dilemma for users considering whether downloading it, for the latest release will increase the minimum storage requirements to 32GB.

The new Windows 10 iteration will reserve around 7GB of additional memory on user’s computers to ensure “critical OS functions always have access to disk space”, according to Microsoft.

Users cannot override this functionality, meaning this 7GB cannot be used for any other files or programmes.

Discussing the Windows 10 change, Microsoft said: “Starting with the next major update we’re making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space.

“Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches.

“Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space.

“Without reserved storage, if a user almost fills up her or his storage, several Windows and application scenarios become unreliable.”

The Silicon Valley tech giant insists the result of the extra storage being used by Windows 10 will result in a more reliable user experience.

Microsoft added: “Windows and application scenarios may not work as expected if they need free space to function.

“With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected.”

And the amount of reserved storage could continue to evolve in future Windows 10 updates.

However, the operating system’s space size can be reduced if Windows 10 users remove “unused optional features and languages”.

Microsoft said: “In the May 2019 Update, we anticipate that reserved storage will start at about 7GB, however the amount of reserved space will vary over time based on how you use your device.

“For example, temporary files that consume general free space today on your device may consume space from reserved storage in the future.

“Additionally, over the last several releases we’ve reduced the size of Windows for most customers.

“We may adjust the size of reserved storage in the future based on diagnostic data or feedback.

“The reserved storage cannot be removed from the OS, but you may be able to reduce the amount of space reserved by removing unused optional features and languages.”

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