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Around a decade ago it seemed like a safe bet that personal computers would keep getting faster processors, more storage space, and other beefed up hardware. So when Microsoft released new versions of its operating systems, the system requirements tended to be higher than those for previous versions.

These days there are plenty of powerful computers on the market. But there’s also demand for low-power, energy-efficient, and inexpensive systems. So any computer that can run Windows 7 can also probably run Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

And Microsoft has done a bit of work to make sure that you can even get Windows 10 to run on computers with as little as 16GB of storage (although you’re probably still better offer with at least 32GB).

Microsoft provided some details about its new space-saving technology earlier this year, but now Microsoft’s Michael Niehuas provides a more in-depth look in a technet blog post. Looking for a plain English translation? AnandTech has you covered.


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8 replies on “Lilbits 309: Keeping Windows 10 small”

  1. 16gb of storage only leaves 2gb for user files and bloatware. So what happens to the free space when you update the system on Patch Tuesday?

  2. Great, thanks so much for pointing out the obvious and then proceeding to turn it into a Microcruft advertorial… yuck

    At least you had some other news links on the page, so it wasn’t a total loss.

    1. I definitely prefer obvious spam like this over sneaky, unmarked advertorials…

      1. Skylake desktop chips are the indicator that Intel has solved 14nm volume production. This is real news. They are 2 years late. Samsung and TSMC probably were selling more 14nm chips than Intel up until now, but that is going to change. In one more year you won’t be able to buy a pc without a 14nm cpu.

      2. Please buy the next zenfone (not zenphone) with a 14nm SOC. It will be much better than the 5yr old 22nm one we sold you previously. We care about our German customers (American-wannabe).

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