Windows 11 reduces disk footprint for better performance

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Windows 11 is arriving on October 5 and it comes with several important design changes, including a new design for the context menu and notification center. Windows 11 is a fresh coat of paint for Windows 10 and core features remain unchanged, but there’ll be several under-the-hood optimizations.

According to Microsoft officials, Windows 11 will reduce the disk footprint for various inbox apps. To reduce disk footprint, Microsoft had made changes to the compression technologies of the operating system. The default state of inbox apps like Sticky notes and Microsoft To-Do is actually a stub.

For example, if you launch Sticky Notes for the first time from the Start menu, you’ll see a new loading screen, and then the rest of the app binaries will be loaded on demand without any manual action from the user. “This reduces size on disk, and you’ll also see less background update activity and download traffic,” Microsoft officials said.

Sticky Notes footprint

Microsoft has also reduced the disk consumption caused by the operating system and default browser Edge.

In a support document, Microsoft noted that pre-installed ethernet and WiFi drivers are now offered as FODs (features on demand).

These drivers will be preinstalled by default to improve the overall experience, but if you don’t need those drivers, you can now reduce the disk footprint and remove the FODs for the drivers that don’t apply to your device’s hardware.

As we approach the release date, Microsoft is also preparing several bug fixes and minor improvements for the operating system.

In a video, Microsoft officials recently explained that Windows 11 includes a new instant-on experience to help your device instantly resume from sleep, just like your phone or Alway Connected PCs powered by Snapdragon.

Windows 11’s new logic system will remember the priority states and it can better with the hardware in your system. As a result, Windows 11’s resume time is now 25 percent faster, while Windows Hello for Business authentication has been improved by up to 30 percent.