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Since the May 2019 update, Windows 10 reserves part of the Hard disk from your computer. The system uses it to store his future updates and other operating files. In total, almost Go 7 are reserved by Windows 10 on your PC. Here's how you can better set this blocked space by Windows 10 and recover storage capacity on your hard drive.

What is the placeholder for Windows 10 on your hard disk?

The 7 Go that Windows 10 reserves on your PC are mostly used to ensure that your operating system will have enough space available for future updates. Before the "May Update" of Windows 10, the lack of sufficient storage could block an update. By defaulting on user disk space, Microsoft has worked around this problem.

Outside the update phases, Windows 10 uses the placeholder to store temporary files, cache files, or other applications for the daily operation of the OS.

For this reason, Microsoft recommends do not disable fully (see the TechCommunity official blog from the publisher, link in English). But nothing prevents you from starting with optimize reserved storage settings by Windows 10. In this case, first make sure that this space exists on your computer.

Verify that Windows 10 has a placeholder on your PC

If you bought your PC with Windows 10 1903 preinstalled (Also known as "May Update 2019" or "May 2019 update"), the placeholder is provided by default. Same case if you have installed a full version of Windows 10 1903. But if you have just done the "standard" update of your operating system, Windows 10 does not provide no placeholder by default.

To check exactly what space is reserved on your hard drive, open the "Settings", by searching for "Settings" in the Windows 10 search bar or by pressing the keys Windows + i. Once the Windows Settings window opens, click "System" then "Storage".

Your local storage is displayed in the "Storage" window, with available space and occupied space. Click on your hard drive (C: most of the time). After a few seconds, Windows 10 will display the details of the use of your storage space, for each type of application (Temporary files, Applications & games, Images, Music ...).

Click on the category "System & placeholder". In the window that opens, you see the space occupied by each category. If Windows 10 installed it by default, this is where you find a section "Placeholder" about 7 GB. If you do not find this category, it's because the functionality is not not activated on your computer.

Free (a little) of the space reserved by Windows 10

To recover some storage on your hard drive, you can to unmount some of the optional features of Windows 10.

In the Windows search bar, type "Settings" (or press the Windows + i keys on your keyboard). In the window that opens, click on the "Applications" link. This brings you to the menu that allows you to uninstall optional Windows 10 applications that you do not use.

In category "Applications and features", click on "Manage optional features". In the window that appears, you can click on a Windows 10 application that you do not want. You are then asked to confirm the removal of the feature: click on "Uninstall" to confirm your choice.

Note: next to each optional application listed, Windows 10 tells you how much storage space you will recover by erasing it.

Completely remove the Windows 10 placeholder

If you want to go further to recover additional available spaceyou can delete the placeholder by Windows 10. For this you have to go through thepublisher of the register, which can be tricky. Before you begin, think about doing a safeguard of your system.

To open the Windows 10 registry editor, type "regedit"In the search bar of the menu. In the window that appears, enter the following folder:


Find the value "ShippedWithReserves" and double-click on it to open the setting window. Change the box "Value data" from "1" to "0", and confirm by clicking on "OK".

Close the registry editor for Windows 10, and restart your computer. You come from get 7 Go placeholder provided by default by your system. But depending on the case, you may have to wait until next official update Windows 10 for your changes to take effect.

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