On Windows 10, Reserved Storage is a feature designed to allocate part of your device available storage for updates and avoid problems as a result of not enough space.
Reserved Storage usually will reserve around 7GB of storage for updates, temporary files, system cache, and apps. When a new update is available, Windows 10 will delete the files on the reserved storage automatically allowing updates to install successfully.
The new feature will come enabled by default on devices that come pre-installed with the April 2019 Update, or after performing a clean installation of the operating system, and if this feature isn’t for you because your device has limited space or you don’t like the feature, there’s a workaround to disable it modifying the Registry.
- How to disable ‘Reserved Storage’ on Windows 10
- How to check ‘Reserved Storage’ is disabled on Windows 10
How to disable ‘Reserved Storage’ on Windows 10
To disable the Reserved Storage feature to reclaim disk space, use these steps:
Search for regedit, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Browse the following path:
Double-click the ShippedWithReserves key, and change its value from 1 to 0.
Click the OK button.
After completing the steps, reboot your computer to apply the changes, but the feature won’t be disable until the next upgrade.
How to check ‘Reserved Storage’ is disabled on Windows 10
If you want to see if Reserved Storage has been disabled after installing a new version of Windows 10, use these steps:
Click on System.
Click on Storage.
Click the Show more categories link.
Click the System & reserved item.
The “Reserved Storage” section should not be available to indicate that the feature is disabled.
If you’re still seeing the Reserved Storage section, it’s probably that you didn’t apply the settings correctly or you haven’t upgraded to a newer version after modifying the Registry.
You can revert the changes to enable the feature using these steps.