Windows 10 users, it is well known that you’ve had a truly rotten run of bad updates as well as serious questions about transparency but brace yourself because Microsoft has just unveiled two massive upgrades which you will like.
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03/20 Update: Microsoft is on a roll. Picked up by Windows Latest, Windows 10 will now allow users to reclaim ‘Reserved Storage’ previously consumed by its May 2019 update. With this tallying up around 10GB for most users, it can be useful when resources do run low. To check your Reserved Storage levels, type CMD in the Start Menu to open the Command Prompt (cmd) then type: ‘DISM.exe /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState’ (no quotes) to see how much reserved storage Windows 10 is currently using. You can then disable it and reclaim the drive space by typing:
- DISM.exe /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled
Reserved storage is used by Windows 10 primarily for temporary files and virtual memory so it is safe to delete. That said, if you have a spring clean of your PC and free up lots of additional drive space, it is worth re-enabling Reserved Storage which you can do by following the steps above but instead typing:
- DISM.exe /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled
03/21 Update: time to be careful again Windows 10 users. A new exclusive from Windows Latest reveals that the already troubled KB4551762 update is now causing a wider range of problems as Apple rolls it out to more PCs. These include system crashes and impacted performance with disk resources being maxed out at all times. Thankfully another of the issues is installation problems, which does at least keep the update off your computers. Uninstalling the update or rolling back to a system restore point fixes these bugs for most users. If you are being impacted by KB4551762 you can uninstall it by following these steps:
- In Windows Desktop Search type ‘update history’ then click ‘View your Update history’
- Select ‘Uninstall Updates’
- On the Installed Updates dialog window, find and select KB4551762, click the Uninstall button
If KB4551762 has yet to be installed on your computer, you can proactively block it by downloading the Windows Update troubleshooter.
1. Smarter, Stabler Driver Updates
Driver updates are consistently behind many of the very worst Windows 10 problems, but that looks set to change. Spotted by the always-excellent BleepingComputer, Microsoft has quietly announced it will change how driver updates are sent to Windows 10 PCs.
“The initial rollout targets highly active devices as there is higher chance of getting diagnostic data from these devices, which enables early failure detection,” explains Microsoft. “It targets specific clusters of HWID/CHID [hardware ID/computer hardware ID] combinations so that the driver’s quality can be evaluated in a way that evenly represents the total device population. Rolling out a driver to this initial set of its eligible population may take up to eight calendar days. However, the overall monitoring phase for drivers during the intelligent driver rollout process will continue to be up to 30 days.”
While Microsoft already uses a gradual rollout process for its updates, this new method is much smarter because it allows for precise testing across a broader range of PC hardware before the rollout is accelerated. It’s a significantly better system than the more random approach Microsoft has used previously which made it harder to identify patterns and stop the rollout quickly before many more PCs started to crash.
2. Windows 10 Gets A New Look
In celebration of Windows 10 reaching one billion users worldwide (admittedly in twice the time expected), Microsoft’s Windows and Devices chief Panos Panay has released a video on Instagram full of teasers for a brand new Windows 10 user interface.
The redesign sees Microsoft cut back on Live Tiles, use softer color palettes, update system icons and launch a new take on Windows File Explorer based on an upgrade of the company’s Fluent Design language. In sum, it represents the biggest visual overhaul in the platform’s five-year history. Moreover, while Windows 10 users will never fully agree on anything, a solid majority seem to be on board with the changes and I’m a fan.
Yes, I do still believe the Windows Update troubleshooter is your most important Windows 10 installation, but as long as Microsoft continues to quietly offer Windows 10 for free there will be an ever-expanding user base. And those one billion users should be happier tonight.
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