Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Windows 10 will deprive users 7 GB of disk space

Windows 10 will deprive users 7 GB of disk space

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Microsoft has made a big change to how it handles Windows 10 updates on your PC.

Microsoft wants about 7GB of your PC's storage space to keep Windows 10 up to date and reliable. Typically those go without too much trouble, and that appears to the be the case on Windows 10. On Windows 7, however, some system administrators report a couple of annoying issues, one of which is the labeling of legitimate Windows 7 devices as "Not Genuine".

Microsoft seems to be having a bad run of luck with its Windows updates as of late.

Machines affected by the issue display a "Windows is not genuine" error message after the user logs on and have a "This copy of Windows is not genuine" watermark on the desktop.

The KB971033 update, released last April, is a tweak to Windows' activation technologies.

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"The timing of this issue coincides with the release of the January updates (KB4480960 and KB4480970) that were released on Tuesday, January 8, 2019". "Innovation in silicon, innovation in graphics [and] Windows 10 momentum in terms of the install base".

After a long day of head-scratching, someone at Microsoft had a lightbulb moment and at 04:30 UTC on 9 January, the activation server change was reverted, fixing the issue for many.

For you, it means that you can finally say goodbye to "insufficient storage" error faced while installing a new update.

But for the rest of us, the release will be out in the next few months.

- Export your WSL distribution for simpler environment management - Use the "-export" option to export a distribution to a tar file. Users have the option to adjust the amount of space required for the reserved storage by removing some of the optional features which you may not be using.

So we should hear more on the latter soon enough, then, and hopefully Microsoft is now investigating these reports of other issues.

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