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Windows 10 does not verify if a computer has the necessary space to update, so you must do it yourself

In theory there are few days left for the arrival of the next big update of Windows 10, the so-called Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and maybe you can finish installing it in November.

If you are planning to upgrade and you have a computer that has no storage space, you have a problem and it is time to do everything possible to free up disk space, because Windows Update is not going to do it for you.

Update, and maybe you can finish installing it in November.

If you are planning to upgrade and you have a computer that has no storage space, you have a problem and it is time to do everything possible to free up disk space, because Windows Update is not going to do it for you.

On the Microsoft support page they explain in the most natural and normal way in the world that “Windows Update does not check the appropriate space requirements in the system before starting”.

This means that Windows Update does not care if you do not have enough space left to download and install the update, because it simply does not check. So it fills you up with the little space left with the update files.

If it turns out that you do not have enough space for the installation, this is surely going to fail. The warning refers to systems with “limited storage space such as thin clients or embedded systems”. That is, this is a major problem in 32 GB computers, but it is not limited to them.

Personally I had a terrible experience with a computer of this type, a 32 GB convertible to try the Windows 10 tablet mode on a cheap laptop. Never again, updating Windows 10 on these devices is a horror, the updates consume all the free space, which in itself is not much.

Windows 10 occupies by default between 16 and 20 GB on disk, and that space is increasing with updates and use. Although the Windows 10 storage sensor that was included with the Fall Creators Update helps, the reality is that the user has to manually manage to survive.

However, that in 2018, Windows Update will not be able to review these space requirements before starting the update is quite unacceptable, and terrible for the user experience.

I would never recommend someone buy a Windows computer with such a small amount of space, especially Windows 10, which sends us major updates twice a year.

Meanwhile, the recommendation of both Microsoft and ours is that you have a regular maintenance regime to ensure that your updates are installed correctly. This is also no guarantee total absence of problems, since updating Windows 10 is sometimes like a Russian roulette.

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