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Windows 10 now requires 12-16 GB more storage space



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Microsoft has increased the minimum memory requirements of Windows 10 to 32 GB. Previously it was either 1

6GB or 20GB. This change affects the upcoming update for May 2019 from Windows 10, also known as version 1903 or 19H1.

This information is from the Microsoft Web site for minimum hardware requirements. They were first discovered by Pureinfotech and brought to our attention by Thurrott.

Prior to this update, 32-bit versions of Windows required at least 16 GB of space on your device, while 64-bit versions of Windows required 20 GB. Now both need 32 GB.

It's unclear why Microsoft made this change. The May 2019 update now reserves about 7 GB of your PC memory for updates, so it can generally only consume more space.

But let's be honest: they always wanted more than 16GB of space for Windows 10. Microsoft wanted Windows 10, like Windows 8 before, works on tablets and lightweight laptops with little storage space. These lightweight devices often had a compressed operating system and had problems upgrading to Windows 10.

While this may seem like a big change, it's not. You should avoid devices with this sparse storage capacity, as they would not work well on Windows 10. Microsoft is making it official now. Microsoft's PC partners can no longer try to sell laptops and tablets with less than 32 GB of built-in memory. That's good news for buyers.

If you have an existing PC with less than 32GB of memory on Windows 10, we're not sure what's happening to your device. You may never receive an update for the May 2019 update (version 1903). That's up to Microsoft.

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