The problems associated with Windows 10’s most controversial feature are well known, but now Microsoft has warned users it will soon be consuming more of your computer’s resources to enforce it…
In a new blog post, Microsoft program manager Jesse Rajwan confirmed that the company is taking measures to ensure Windows 10 computers will always be able to upgrade automatically. And you might not like it.
Microsoft is introducing ‘Reserved Storage’ with Windows 10 Build 1903. This will consume a lump of storage from your hard drive which “cannot be removed from the OS” and ensures your computer can receive the latest upgrade.
Rajwan says the typical amount taken from Windows 10 users’ hard drives will be 7GB: “This will enable most PCs to download and install an update without having to free up any of your disk space, even when you have minimal free disk space.”
All of which would be good news, except Windows 10 updates have been a dangerous mess for some time.
What’s more, it’s hard to see how Reserved Storage helps. Those with fast, modern PCs will always have more than enough storage space to never need it and those with older, slower PCs with very limited disk space will a) not want to give up 7GB, and b) be those most cautious about giving Windows 10 new ways to update itself whenever it wants.
That said, Microsoft states it will initially only apply Reserved Storage to new PCs which ship with Windows 10 1903 or later. But be warned, Microsoft is repeatedly replying to user questions with “At this time” which suggests a wider roll-out of Reserved Storage is coming.
For that to happen, however, Microsoft must surely improve the stability of Windows 10 updates. Even fan sites have written about Microsoft having a “Software Quality Problem” and, in 2018 alone, Windows 10 upgrades caused serious problems in January, April, October and November.
Making these even harder to stop is not an appealing prospect…