Microsoft Begins Testing Windows 10 “Reserved Storage” with New Preview Build
As reported earlier this week, Microsoft has been planning to introduce a new feature called “reserved storage” to set aside some disk space (7GB!) exclusively for Windows updates, system cache, etc. Microsoft has today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18312 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, beginning the testing process.
“Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches,” the company wrote. “Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space.”
Along with reserved storage, Microsoft has also introduced new UI for “Reset this PC” in the Settings app. Here is everything that is new with today’s Windows 10 1903 Preview Build 18312:
Reserving disk space to keep Windows 10 up to date
In 19H1, we’re making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space. Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space. With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected. Reserved storage will be introduced automatically on PCs that come with 19H1 pre-installed or on PCs where 19H1 was clean installed. For Windows Insiders who want to try this feature out right now – just run through this quest. After completing the quest, reserved storage will kick off with the next flight. (If you do the quest before installing Build 18312 – reserved storage should kick off for this flight.) For more details on reserved storage coming in 19H1, read this blog post here..
FLS Slot Limit Increase
As PCs get more powerful, musicians have created increasingly complex projects with more tracks, more instruments, and deeper effects chains. As a result, some of those musicians were running up against a FLS (Fiber Local Storage) slot allocation ceiling that prevented them from loading into their DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) as many unique plugins as they’d like. This build greatly raises that per-process FLS slot allocation ceiling, allowing loading potentially thousands of unique plugins. Beyond musicians, this change will positively impact any application that dynamically loads hundreds or thousands of unique DLLs that have statically-linked Visual C++ runtimes, or otherwise allocate FLS slots.
Reset this PC UI Improvements
We added new UI for Reset this PC as part of Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. The new UI provides a more consistent experience across devices with different configurations and requires fewer clicks to complete.
Windows Subsystem for Linux Command Line Tool Improvements
We added new command line options to the WSL command line tool (wsl.exe) for easier WSL management and added functionality based on your feedback. Below is a summary of changes. You can read about more details in our release notes and on our command line blog.
- Consolidated command line options – The wsl command line tool now includes options to manage your WSL distros that are included in the wslconfig command line tool. We intend to only update the wsl tool with the latest management options moving forward.
- Import a distro for easy sideloading including to non-system drives – Use the “–import” option to imports a tar file as a new distribution. You can specify the distribution registry to the location of your choice including non-system drives.
- Export your WSL distribution for simpler environment management – Use the “—export” option to export a distribution to a tar file. Your distro will export to your default downloads location.
There are also tons of general improvements, fixes and known issues. Head over to the official blog post to learn more about today’s Windows 10 1903 Preview Build 18312.