Microsoft Windows 10 Lean coming to storage limited devices

by Mark Tyson on 25 April 2018, 13:30

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A new version of Windows 10 is being created, with the internal working title of ‘Windows 10 Lean’, according to a report by Windows Central. In brief this more compact version of the OS is still going to be the Windows 10 with full Win32 app support that PC users prefer, it is just going to have 2GB of bloat removed from its complete install.

The Windows 10 Lean SKU was first spotted by Twitter user @tfwboredom, who hinted that it was a Windows Cloud/E/S remix. In additional detail, it was noted that things like Regedit, MMC, and even wallpapers are missing from the install. Windows Central’s digging noticed that Internet Explorer isn’t even included (Microsoft Edge remains of course). This Lean build of Windows 10 isn’t headed for the April Update, that is far too close, rather it could be delivered in Redstone 4.

If you have ever owned a Windows 10 device with 16GB or even 32GB of storage you will likely be aware of the pain in trying to update your version of the OS when the new feature updates arrive. In my own experience I’ve had to use an external HDD plugged into the USB port of a 32GB eMMC netbook in order to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on. Since there was practically nothing stored on that machine I opted to start afresh and it ended up with far more free space than when I originally bought it (Acer AO1 Cloudbook).

To recap, Windows 10 Lean is the normal Windows 10 edition on a diet with the same UI and Win32 app compatibility many users rely on. It isn’t due in the imminent update and it might not even make it to Redstone 5 in autumn as it could be discarded by Microsoft for a number of reasons. With Microsoft’s Build conference just around the corner, it will be interesting to hear some more details about ‘Lean’ if the company sees good potential in it.



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You know what that means! More companies will be using this version of windows limiting more space on the Laptops and Computers! But hopefully the price would be lower so you could use this for stuff like browsing the web and stuff
Curious … a kind of sub-sub version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB that is officially available only for professionals on the MSDN and with Microsoft Volume Licensing?
It would still be easier to integrate an “advanced” mode to uninstall everything you want without going through third-party software, the registry, etc …
After, with Windows 10, you still have to pay attention to what you disable … especially for a simple “private” use.
Any clue on the bloat removed? 2Gb is quite a lot… If its Candy crush and other junk apps (like People/xbox) i'd prefer it on my main PC!
cheesemp
Any clue on the bloat removed? 2Gb is quite a lot… If its Candy crush and other junk apps (like People/xbox) i'd prefer it on my main PC!
says some of it in the article…

Not sure I want to lose regedit if I'm honest but the rest I could probably live without and it does make you wonder how much more streamlined (and faster/more efficient) windows could be if they just got rid of most of the junk no body except the ‘nerds’ use from the main install and just had them available as downloads instead.
LSG501
says some of it in the article…

Not sure I want to lose regedit if I'm honest but the rest I could probably live without and it does make you wonder how much more streamlined (and faster/more efficient) windows could be if they just got rid of most of the junk no body except the ‘nerds’ use from the main install and just had them available as downloads instead.

Yes I missed that. I'm sure you could grab regedit from somewhere. IE, regedit and a few wallpapers still doesn't equal 2Gb though. Thinking about I'd really be happy if Cortana was missing!