Operating systems Windows 10

Windows 10 now requires a minimum of 32GB storage space

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would begin using 7GB of user hard drive space for the application of future updates. The advantage of this system is intended to be that it doesn’t break the update process halfway through by a system running out of space. The disadvantage is that it would eliminate virtually all of the storage available on small systems and Windows 10’s previous minimum storage requirement was 16GB for a 32-bit installation. That plus 7GB of storage only left 4-5GB of data for programs on a base install.

While that won’t be a problem for new systems coming out this year, it could pose a headache for existing ones that only have 32 GB inside. They may not be able to update to version 1903 and will be stuck with version 1809, which expires in 2020. By then, however, it might be time to upgrade from a low-end Windows PC anyway.

This would ultimately make some of the original Windows 10 tablets useless and declared that the company should raise the minimum requirements to compensate for this. Now, the company has done exactly that. IoT Enterprise storage requirements remain the same, however.

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