How Much Space Does Windows 10 Take?

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Solid-state drives, also known as SSDs, became more prevalent in the market than traditional hard disk drives. Solid-state drives are more popular because they revive computers when they start to be slow.

SSD laptops are the majority these days, having lots of advantages over HDD laptops, including that they can be used for more than two years. Even though SSDs do not increase your laptop’s power, it increases the speed.

However, the question that runs through many people’s minds is the space Windows 10 takes on an SSD. Most popular budget laptops come with small amount of storage, so it is important to organize it.

That’s why in today’s post, I’m going to answer this question – let’s jump straight into it.

How Large is Windows 10?

The requirements and specifications for Windows 10 state that for you to install the operating system on a laptop, users must have 16GB free space on their SSD for the 32-bit version.

However, if users will go big and opt for the 64-bit version, they need to be prepared with 20GB free space on their SSD. This is how big an SSD should be to install Windows 10 and allow it to work efficiently.

To know how much space Windows 10 occupies, you first need to install it on your laptop. When you are through with the installation process, you can now go to the operating system unit and check the same space it occupies.

In short, Windows 10 occupies around 20GB of space, including drivers.

How Much Space Should You Reserve For Windows 10?

Before anything, you should know that Windows 10 receives updates every week or so, which ensures improvement of the laptop’s overall performance and security system.

Once you have known this, you have to make sure that you have at least 10GB free space for your Windows 10 weekly updates to be updated without any space issues.

Moreover, you must note that Windows 10 takes a maximum of 6 months before it launches a new version. This new version will require you to have at least 30GB of space available to enable the current version to be backed up and the new one installed.

If you want your Windows to run smoothly without any problems, you need to ensure 20GB of free storage space to support your Windows. The free space will be used to work with the temporary files and cache efficiently.

However, if you activate the interchange memory, then it will force you to have 10GB more space to support it. Generally, when installing Windows 10, you should have at least 60 GB to allow your OS to run without any issues.

Should You Install Other Applications In SSD?

If the primary purpose of you using an SSD is to improve your laptop’s general performance and you have limited storage, then I say no to installing applications. This is because it works on chips, and therefore you need to keep it solely for your laptop.

However, if you want to also deal with other applications, I suggest you have both SSD and HDD.


I’m positive that after going through this article, you have known the space you need on your SSD to accommodate Windows 10 without any problem occurring.

If you follow this information keenly and ensure that you have 60GB of free space, you will notice how your OS will function smoothly.

Alex Berg
Alex Berg

Founder, writer, editor-in-chief at LaptopTalks. Starting LaptopTalks is like a dream come true, combining two of his passions – writing and technology. Even in his free time, you can often find him by his gaming laptop playing the latest video games.

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