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Windows 10 will chew up another 7GB of disk space to make sure it can update

Enlarge / Windows 10: Doing great things sometimes requires 7GB? Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images The latest Windows 10 Insider build, number 18312, introduces a new feature wherein the operating system reserves a big old chunk of disk space, effectively expanding its on-disk footprint by another 7GB. The storage reservation is to ensure that certain […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with disk space, Reset this PC, and Subsystem for Linux improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with improvements to disk space management, Reset this PC, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18309 (made available to testers on January 3) to build 18312. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update […]

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Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine

Enlarge F Delventhal A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual machine for running untrusted applications in an isolated environment. That feature has now been officially announced with a new name, Windows Sandbox. Windows 10 already uses virtual machines to […]

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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]