Windows will reserve 7 GB to upgrade the system to avoid running out of hard disk space.

Published on January 14, 2019

Windows will reserve 7 GB to upgrade the system to avoid running out of hard disk space.



    Microsoft has found a way out when Windows Update makes a mistake in estimating free space on the hard disk of a computer and as a result errors occur during the installation of the operating system. Now, Windows will reserve 7 gigabytes for the needs of the update, so the shortage problem simply disappears.

    Beginning with Windows 1803, Microsoft has warned users that if they do not free up a certain amount of file space, errors may occur during the OS upgrade. The reason - Windows Update does not check the system for sufficient free space on the hard disk before initialization. Therefore, the solution that can be used by the owner of a Windows OS computer is to clean the disk from temporary files. But, of course, not all users can or want to monitor the availability of free space on the HDD.

    For 32-bit Windows 10, 16 GB is needed, for 64-bit, 32 GB. This is the file space you need to install the OS itself. It requires a little less to upgrade. Starting with the release of Windows 19H1 / 1903, the OS will begin to independently reserve hard disk space for the needs of the update. The minimum will be reserved 7 GB, perhaps the system will allocate and more, it all depends on the characteristics of the computer. And this is “an offer that cannot be refused” - there is no possibility of blocking the backup function. True, you can reduce the amount of HDD, reserved by the system.



    “A certain part of the hard disk will be reserved for updates, applications, temporary files and the system cache. Our goal is to improve the daily use of your PC, ensuring the functioning of the critical functions of the operating system. If there is no disk space, the work of some services and applications becomes unreliable. Windows and programs may not work as expected if there is no free space. Reserving a place, we minimize the danger of failure. Disk space will be allocated automatically when new versions are installed, ”a Microsoft statement said.

    In principle, there is nothing terrible in the actions of Microsoft. An ordinary user with a fairly powerful PC, where a capacious storage medium is installed, will not notice anything. But Windows is often installed on entry-level systems with a minimum of free file space. And here problems may arise. Perhaps such a move by the company will force equipment manufacturers to install larger capacity disks in their devices, which, of course, will affect their final price.

    Previously, the corporation toldAnother new feature is the Windows 10 feature that allows you to safely run executable files. This is a Windows Sandbox, a sandbox, which will enable you to check any application or document before opening it. Virtualization is used for sandboxing. When you try to launch an unfamiliar file, Windows 10 automatically launches a “lightweight” virtual machine, in the environment of which the application is launched or the document is opened.



    The virtual machine is a proprietary company, this is Hyper-V. It creates a new kernel that works autonomously, independent of the main one. As soon as the file being checked stops working, the virtual environment is destroyed. All this is intended mainly for corporate users. The feature will appear in Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise.

    Another new feature is automatic troubleshooting. It works in the background, regularly conducting diagnostics of equipment and software. One example is the localization of a problem when a PC is disconnected from the Internet. According to the company, the function (which can not be disabled) is able to restore the default settings of critical important services, as well as adjust the operating system parameters in accordance with the hardware configuration and make other changes that are necessary for normal Windows operation.

    Part of the updated OS will be the malware recognition log and the Tamper Protection feature - it provides additional protection against external interference in the operation of critical system security functions.