Disk Usage Optimizations Could Occur with Windows 10 Version 2004 Update That’s Rolling Out in May

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Version 2004 of Windows is on the horizon. The latest update will feature a number of fixes that can be read here. Windows updates have had a tumultuous time over the last couple of years. From breaking various features, to deleting files, there have been more than a few moments to aggravate users when one rolls out. It does look like that Microsoft is turning a corner now. In February, Microsoft began adding “Fluent Design Icons.” This relatively minor change took rather bland and dated-looking icons into the modern computing era.

The next update scheduled in May will have a focus on disk optimization. This is achieved through changes being made to Windows Search Indexing. Some users may not actually have this service turned on. From SATA III, to modern PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 NVMe, SSDs drive speeds have increased immensely in the last decade. However, not everyone turns this feature off and may still be experiencing slowed performance from the service.

What changes were made?

Windows Latest has reported on an interesting change happening to the service. They did multiple tests based on claims from Microsoft. MS said that with the new update Windows Search would optimize itself based on peak usage times. It could throttle or stop the service during file transfers as well. Microsoft is also working on improving the logic as to how Windows Search performs its tasks. These changes could reduce CPU usage while allowing more of the disk’s data transfer potentials. The testing done by Windows Latest noted that the change felt considerably faster on systems with a HDD. On the other hand, they noted users with SSDs may not notice as much of an improvement. In either case, the update will apply to any storage medium that Search Indexing has access to.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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