How to Enable or Disable Reserved Storage on Windows 11 or 10?

Microsoft wants to ensure that none of the updates get stuck due to a lack of disk space. The update process must have enough disk space to download, extract, and then apply the update. The reserved storage size is usually around 7 GB. Provide enough space for updates, temporary files, applications, system caches, etc. According to Microsoft, the amount of reserved storage space and how you use your device varies over time.

Reserved storage is a feature of the Windows 11/150 operating system that stores a part of the internal hard disk as a reserve to use by Windows temporary files, caches, and other files. This risewindows article will guide you on how to enable or disable reserved storage on Windows 11 or 10.

Windows also needs more disk space than your files and folders already used to manage your updates, system caches, applications, and temporary files. It is also crucial for the proper functioning of the operating system. However, if there is no space on the system partition, Windows will not move or create these files when needed, which will cause Windows to work abnormally. Therefore, Windows 10 typically sets aside around 7 GB in reserved memory for those processes that require additional space on the system partition.

How to Enable or Disable Reserved Storage Space on Windows 11?

You should know how much space your system uses before disabling the reserved storage space on Windows 11. For that, do the following:-

Step 1. First, Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

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Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select the System category from the left sidebar.

Step 3. Then, click the Storage tab from the right sidebar.

Step 4. After that, click the option Advanced storage settings.

Step 5. Next, select the option Storage used on other drives.

Step 6. Now, select “C” drive from the list of available volumes.

Step 7. Select System & reserved to see your computer Reserved storage.

Step 8. Once it is complete, you can view the Reserved storage. On my computer, Windows reserved storage is 7.72GB.

Step 9. After you are familiar with reserved storage on Windows 11, open an elevated command prompt to proceed further with disabling the reserved storage.

Step 10. In the administrative Command Prompt, copy and paste the following line and then hit Enter from the keyboard to execute it:-

DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled

Now reserved storage will disappear from the Windows Settings.

Step 11. For recreating the reserved storage on your Windows 11 computer, use the following command:-

DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled

Once you execute the above command, Windows 11 will reoccupy storage and keep for reserve for Windows updates, temporary files, etc.

How to Turn On or Off Reserved Storage Space on Windows 10?

As mentioned above, there is no option available in the Settings app to disable the Reserved Storage Space in Windows 10 before proceeding with further steps. Even there is a workaround that lets you disable it. Firstly, we will show you viewing the Reserved Storage Space and then how to disable it.

Step 1. As usual, open the Settings app.

Step 2. Now, click on the System.

Step 3. Then, select the Storage option in the left sidebar.

Step 4. After that, on the right-sidebar, click the System & reserved option.

Step 5. Next, on the “System & reserved” setting page, you can view the reserved storage under the “Reserved storage” section.

Step 6. After that, you have seen the reserved storage on your Windows 10 open an elevated command prompt to proceed further with disabling the reserved storage.

Step 7. When Command Prompt with administrator rights opens, copy and paste the following line and then hit the Enter key on the keyboard to execute it:-

DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled

Step 8. After completing the above command, reserved storage will disappear from the Windows Settings. You can view the same by navigating to Settings > System > Storage.

Step 9. In the administrative Command Prompt, copy and paste the following line and then hit Enter key on the keyboard to execute it to enable the reserved storage again on your PC:-

DISM /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

Also, read How to Increase or Decrease Recycle Bin Storage Settings on Windows 11/10/8/7?

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