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Can You Spare 7GB For Windows 10?

Patrick Pope - Friday, January 25, 2019
In the next major release of Windows, Mircosoft will be allocating 7GB of space as "reserved space"…can you spare it?

In the next major release of Windows—sequentially named, Windows 10, Microsoft will automatically reserve 7GB of space to ensure that critical system and application updates have enough space during future updates.

One common pain point many PC users have is during major OS updates their machines do not have enough space to install all the updates required causing the installation to stall out, both angering and confusing the users. Most of the time this remedied by users searching the internet for answers  and ultimately leading them to fumble their way through deleting temporary files and applications—never really knowing if there machine has been properly updated and the installation was successful.

Microsoft has made an effort to get out in front of this by warning users that devices that do not have enough space will see errors. Though as with all major announcements, many people are still unaware of the new requirement.

What Exactly Is Being Affected?

The reserved storage feature will automatically be installed on Windows 10 version 1903 and on clean install of 1903. Microsoft has stated the users cannot remove reserved storage, users can modify how much space is allocated to reserve storage.

However, many are reporting that it is possible to not only lessen the amount allocated. Users can remove reserve storage all together. You can read more about disabling reserve storage here.

How Do You Know if this Affect you?

Unless you've recently bought a new PC, chances are you have yet to update. As mentioned, the reserved storage feature is only going to affect Windows 10 version 1903 and on clean install of 1903. If you're not sure what version of Windows you are running and/or if you how much RAM (memory) you have you can follow along with these links:

Check Your Version of Windows OS
Check Your Ram

What Does This Mean For You?

It depends. If your company has a lot of devices that must be in sync with each other and your staff isn't the most tech savvy bunch updating to Windows 10 maybe a hassle. If an update does stall out an otherwise already tech-challenged employee may have an extremely difficult time updating OS.

Steps To Take Before Updating?

Do Some House Keeping

When you update you're going to be starting fresh. There's no point in bringing over old files, and apps, let along backing them up. A good way to clean your files is to do a disk cleanup to get rid of unnecessary files, and a disk defragment to speed up your system.

Backup All Your Files

If you decide to update your machines yourself here a few things you can do prior to updating. One, make sure you back everything up. Investing in an external hard drive is a good idea. You'll want to have all your files living somewhere else just in case the worst happens.

Check Your RAM

Ram = memory = how much space you have on your computer. Checking you RAM is easy, though all devices have a slightly different way of locating how much RAM you have. None-the-less it's still easy to find. You can follow along here.

Obviously 7GB space free is the bare minimum but better make sure you have at least 10 GB.

What To Do If You Don't Have Enough Space

The easiest way to free up space is to simply delete or move files off you hard drive. Using a cloud storage provider like Dropbox is one solution, or investing in an external hard drive is another.

At any rate you'll need more space on your device is you do not have enough.

Not sure if you have enough space, or feel more comfortable having pros do the upgrade. Then shoot us a note.