Microsoft yesterday released a new support article on "Windows 10 Update Issues on Low Storage Devices."
Microsoft released an important article before the upcoming Windows 10 version 1809 update, also known as the October 2018 update. updates may fail if you have little space on your disk and provide suggestions on how to free up space.
The solution that Microsoft recommends to avoid this problem is to perform a series of operations that will free up the required disk space on your computer.
Specifically, Microsoft proposes:
- Delete temporary files. Make it from Settings> System> Storage> Click This Computer> Click Temporary Files.
- Delete the downloaded files. Do it from Settings> System> Storage> Click On This Computer> Cache> Downloads> View Downloads.
- Empty the Recycle Bin. Make it from Settings> System> Storage> This Computer> Temporary Files> Recycle Bin> Empty Recycle Bin (tip: you can also reduce the available storage space for the Recycle Bin )
- Remove applications that you no longer use. Do it from Settings> Applications> Applications and Features.
- Transfer files to a USB drive or another drive. Select the files you want from "File Explorer" and then click "Move to" in the top bar and select the desired location.
- Save the new files to another drive.
- To keep only certain files on the system in OneDrive. To do this, right-click on the OneDrive icon and select Settings> Select Folders and deselect the folders you do not need on your computer to free up space.
These instructions are very simple and look more like an ad for using the Settings app. Maybe more the first four and less the next three. It is of course possible to empty the Recycle Bin using the recommended method of Microsoft, but it is equally possible, easier and faster to right-click on the recycle bin icon on the desktop to empty it.
Some users may also use the Disk Cleanup tool for some of the suggested features, but Microsoft has revealed that it has been removed. While it is still available, it seems it will eventually be removed.
In terms of scrolling, we assume that using menubar is the easiest way, but most users will probably either use the "Cut" right-click menu or hold down the Shift key to move the files instead of copying them. to another drive.
However, the reason for the Microsoft article seems to be the issues caused by the small disk space during the upgrades, as Microsoft's minimum requirements for the initial installation of Windows 10 allow manufacturers to reduce its space and cost. machine.
Microsoft Surface tablets come with 64 Gigabytes of storage, which is not much anyway, but some manufacturers produce devices with 32 Gigabytes of storage. With a large part of the space already occupied by Windows.
Microsoft, on the other hand, confirms that "Windows Update does not check systems for sufficient space requirements before initializing." The company does not explain why Windows does not check for adequate storage before preparing updates. This would definitely help users, as Windows could "tell" them to free up a certain amount of disk space before running the installer.
While it is certainly helpful for users to regularly clean their files on their devices, such as temporary files or old downloads, it should be the responsibility of the developer to apply the appropriate controls when launching updates.