How To: Enable or Disable Reserved Storage

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Microsoft has made every effort to improve the availability of updates. So far, local updates for Windows 10 have not worked very well. Users often encounter problems and the strangest bugs. When you perform an update on site, Windows 10 downloads files to your system, but takes up some space to install the update, it also takes up a little more space to complete the update.

Your PC must have available disk space to update Windows 10. This figure has always been a little vague, but 10 GB is often considered sufficient, but Microsoft has added a new feature in Windows 1903 update called Reserved Storage. This is a small space reserved on your system for updates. During an update, this space is used to avoid problems (although some may still occur). This allows you to enable or disable the disk space reserved under Windows 10.

Enable or Disable Reserved Storage for Windows 10

Here’s what you need to know about reserved storage. If you disable it, you may not be able to reactivate it. I tried it on my existing computer and it didn’t work.

So, after deciding to disable the reserved storage, you must use the registry editor.

Open the registry editor by typing regedit at the RUN prompt and pressing Enter.

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Navigate to:
Computer\HKEY_LOKAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\ReserveManager

Double-click on DWORD ShippedWithReserves and set the value to 1.

Restart the computer and the disk space is no longer available.

I hope Microsoft will release this feature as a feature that the user can enable if necessary.

To check the use of the ‘Reserved Storage’ under Windows 10

To find out how much disk space is available for updates on your device, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Save.
  4. Click on the Show More Categories link.
  5. Click on the System and reserved item.
  6. Refer to the Memory Reserved section for more information on the disk space reserved for updates.

If you do not see the Reserved Area section, you have probably activated the function and have not updated your installation to a more recent version.


The reserved memory is also used by applications and system processes to create temporary files. When the reserved memory is full, Windows 10 automatically deletes unnecessary temporary files.

This is a useful function, and it is better not to disable it. However, if you need more disk space, you can do it.

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