Windows 10 Lean for Devices with Small Drives

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2018 - 07:41 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, windows 10 lean, mean

A recent Insider build, from beyond the soon-to-be-released Windows 10 version 1803 feature update, added a new version of the OS: Windows 10 Lean. According to Windows Central, it is 2GB smaller than the typical versions, and is expected to target devices with 16GB of storage.

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That… is quite small for a device to have, especially when you consider patches.

And then there’s the way that they’re apparently doing it: dropping rarely-used applications. Internet Explorer? Gone. Reminds me of when I used to use nLite and vLite to make custom Windows installs back in the early-to-mid aughts. (I got Vista to boot in less than a minute on spinning rust before… whole lot of services to trim out of that one -- who knew? Okay… everyone did.)

What does this mean for us? Probably nothing. I expect that most of us will continue to use Windows 10 Home or Pro, even if Microsoft allows us to choose at install time. Still, I would expect that Microsoft has devices in mind when they created this initiative – God I hope they didn’t just do this on a whim – so we’ll need to see whether those are worthwhile for us.

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April 25, 2018 | 08:12 PM - Posted by LightOnTheMeatHeavyOnTheFat (not verified)

Windows 10 Lean! So they cut out more meat and retained more of the OS fat/bloat. And folks are still on windows 7 and that's not changing quickly either as windows 7's market share has risen the past few months.

The folks in Redmond are just flinging more crap and hoping something sticks lately.

And just how large is the typical Windows in GBs as that needs to be known also.

I see the PC/laptop market continued shrinking and DRAM prices are really killing off Home Builder PC sales even more than high GPU prices! Folks can not put off DRAM purchases like they can with GPUs. The PC is not going to work without DRAM but can do fine for most workloads with a low end/low cost GPU while the owner waits for GPU prices to become more sane.

April 25, 2018 | 08:20 PM - Posted by Jgr9 (not verified)

Wish this had happened sooner.... but -2GB is like nothing. Something, and may work, but that's it?

My grandfather decided to buy a $100 tablet which had a slim OEM version of 8 on it, which (the version of the OS) is pretty hard to find, or even install (I don't know why). And guess what happened? The free update to Windows 10, with no existing slim version, which broke *everything*.

Hooray. He had me spend way too much time on it... way way wayyy too much time.... and he got what he paid for from the tablet.

Maybe this will finally work with it, but I've wanted to stay satisfied with giving up on it, and kind of for him to stay that way too, as we've kind of moved on. It's still there, though.... sitting. *shudders*

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