Windows 10 Lean is a new edition of Windows 10 that will be included in the next version of Windows 10: the Redstone 5. This edition is specifically designed for devices with less storage, such as inexpensive laptops and tablets.
It will be the smallest edition of Windows 10 that Microsoft has ever made and still has all the crucial components. So what can we expect from the Lean edition of Windows 10?
When is the Windows 10 Lean Edition release date?
There is no confirmation date yet for when Windows 10 Lean Edition will be released. Development is still in progress. We look forward to hearing more about it at the upcoming Microsoft Build Developer Conference in May.
What is the total size of Windows 10 Lean Edition?
As it is still in development, we do not know its actual size yet. At the moment, the installation is 2 GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft is removing unnecessary and legacy components such as regedit, Internet Explorer, and some older desktop applications that will generally not be needed on these small devices. They are still in the process of experimenting with what they can remove to make it even smaller.
Its goal is to be an edition that can fit 16GB devices while still receiving Windows Update.
Current 16GB devices running on Windows 10 still struggle to update to the latest version of Windows 10 due to limited device sizes. We often have to delete apps, media, and files just to make enough space for Windows 10 to update. The Lean edition of Windows 10 will come in handy in this situation.
Can we downgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Lean later?
Theverge reported that it will be offered to OEMs to load into new low-storage laptops and tablets. We still don’t know how the licenses would work and if you can downgrade your current edition from Windows 10 to Windows 10 Lean later. But we think it will be available as an option to switch to Lean for all existing low-storage devices when it launches.
Our two cents on Windows 10 Lean
It will certainly help free up some space on our device and alleviate the stress of having to delete photos and videos just to allow the Windows 10 device to update itself.
Instead of removing small components like the ones mentioned above, you should definitely consider removing huge things like the Xbox app.
If you are currently using a 16GB device with Windows 10, try removing the Candy Crush app and other games that might have been pre-installed on your device. This is a known issue to many people and you may not be aware of it.
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