Microsoft introduced Reserved Storage in Windows 10 version 1903. Reserved Storage reserves storage for the operating system that is used exclusively for system updates, temporary files and other system activities.
The main idea behind Reserved Storage is to improve the reliability of critical system procedures, e.g. updating to new versions of Windows 10, that require a certain amount of storage.
Downside to Reserved Storage is that several Gigabytes of storage become unavailable for user activities, e.g. downloads, program installations or media.
Reserved Storage is limited to new installations of Windows 10 version 1903 or newer at the time of writing. Systems that get upgraded from earlier versions of Windows 10 won't have Reserved Storage enabled.
Windows 10 users who run Windows 10 version 1909 or 1903 can use the following method to check whether Reserved Storage is enabled on the device:
Starting in Windows 10 version 2004, the next Feature Update of Windows 10 and the first feature update of 2020, Microsoft will make it easier for administrators to manage Reserved Storage. In particular, Microsoft added DISM options to check, enable, or disable Reserved Storage on devices running that version of Windows 10.
Up until now, it was required to edit the Registry on the Windows 10 device to activate or deactivate Reserved Storage.
Here is the list of the new commands and an explanation for each of these:
The new commands make it easier for administrators to check, enable or disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10 devices. An option to change the size of Reserved Storage is still not available.
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