Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Warning

Microsoft Issues Windows 10  Warning
Users who are running out of storage space may encounter severe problems when they update Windows 10.

(CCM) — Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users that if their computers have insufficient storage space then applying the October 2018 Update may cause them to stop working.

The reason is that the update may not have enough space to complete. "Windows Update does not check systems for adequate space requirements before it initializes," Microsoft explained in a ZDNet report. The update needs about 10 GB of free storage space to function correctly.

Users will be able to create more free storage space on their devices in the future by using Microsoft's Storage Sense app, which is part of the October 2018 update. But as this is not available until the update is complete, the company recommends manually deleting unwanted and temporary files and downloads than are no longer needed, and uninstalling applications that are no longer used.

Windows 10 users can also run Microsoft's now discontinued Disk Cleanup tool, or third party tools such as Piriform's CCleaner.

Microsoft also recommends moving photos and other media content to USB thumb drives or other external storage, and storing fewer OneDrive files locally.

The problem is likely to be felt most acutely by thin client devices and embedded systems, which may only have the minimum storage as required by Microsoft: 16 GB for a 32-bit device and 20 GB for a 64-bit one.

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