Reserved Storage has been around for quite some time on Windows 10, but because of the way it works as well as the efficiency that it brings “hard to count”, many people still reduce or turn off this feature.
Specifically, this feature will take up a portion of the Windows 10 installation drive (about 7GB) to serve the Windows update more smoothly, or to store temporary files …
I. What is Reserved Storage?
Reserved Storage on Windows 10 has the main effect of “cutting” out about 7GB of hard drive space (drive installed the operating system) to serve the Update Windows. In addition, it can also be used to store temporary files of applications / software that you often use, or system memory … when not in use update files.
Reserved Storage has been present since Windows 10 version 1903. If you install this new version, it will be enabled by default. On the contrary, if you update Windows 10 from the old version it will not activate.
II. How to check whether the reserved storage is enabled or not?
+ Step 1: You open up Windows Settings by pressing the key combination
Windows + I => then select
System => select
Storage => and click
Show more categories as shown below.
+ Step 2: You choose
System & reserved
+ Step 3: Okay, here if you see the Reserved Storage line taking up space as shown below, it means this feature is working.
On the contrary, as my computer is updated, the old version is up so it has not been activated. As you can see, there is no Reserved Storag line.
III. Should I disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10?
Well, to Microsoft they advise against disabling this feature. Because the purpose of this feature is to ensure critical operating system functions always have enough hard disk space to function.
If the Reserved Storage feature is not enabled, then when the hard drive is almost full, Windows or some applications may perform worse because there is not enough free space.
But if your hard drive is too little, or you can control the amount of free space on your operating system drive (usually drive C), you might consider turning this feature off to reclaim space. The archive has been “cut” away.
IV How to turn off the Reserved Storage feature in Windows 10
Before turning off the Reserved Storage, you should also check how much space this feature is taking up on your Windows 10 to consider whether to turn it off or not.
Read the first part, I know a lot of you don’t usually read the first part :))
#first. Disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10 by Command Prompt
To disable this feature on Windows 10, we can use the tool
Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management also known as DISM.
However, since DISM is a command-line tool – it doesn’t have a Graphical User Interface (GUI), we can only do it by using commands (CLI – Command Line Interface) in Terminal. , with Windows 10 it is Command Prompt (CMD).
+ Step 1: First you please Open up CMD as Administrator by entering keywords
cmd in the Windows Taskbar search box (you can use the Windows + S combination) => and select
Run as administrator as shown in the picture.
Tips : You can enter keywords cmd into the window Windows Run (Windows + R) and then press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Enter To quickly open Command Prompt with Admin rights, this is also how I often use it and it is really convenient.
+ Step 2: Then use the DISM tool to check the status of Reserved Storage on Windows by entering the command below => and then press Enter.
DISM.exe / Online / Get-ReservedStorageState
If the result is
Reserved storage is enabled As shown in the figure, the Reserved Storage is active and vice versa.
Although this feature is enabled by default when you finish installing Windows 10, we should still check back to be sure, it’s better than missing!
+ Step 3: In case this feature is enabled, enter the command below at Command Prompt => then
Enter to disable the Reserved Storage feature on Windows 10.
DISM.exe / Online / Set-ReservedStorageState / State: Disabled
If nothing goes wrong, you’ll get a message
The operation completed successfully as shown below, and
Reserved Storage will be turned off.