Windows 10 gets a new file system tool, WSL and time zone improvements

The next update for Windows 10 is version 21H1 and it has
already been finalized ahead of its launch in the first half of
next year – but as we’ve already reported –
version 21H1 update will only be a minor upgrade.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has already started beta testing new
features for Windows 10 version 21H2. In the latest preview
build, Microsoft is experimenting with a new file system
command line-based tool called “DiskUsage”, improvements for
Windows Subsystem for Linux and built-in time zones transition
experience.

All these improvements are rolling out to the testers in the
Windows Insider program and some of these changes could be
released to the general public via monthly cumulative updates
or feature experience pack.

DiskUsage utility tool

As we reported recently,
Microsoft is working on a new file system tool called
‘DiskUsage’, a command line-based tool that will allow you
to view and manage disk space usage, and track files using
filters.

Disk Usage tool

In Build 21286 or newer, this disk analysis tool is now
available for everyone. Using the DiskUsage tool, you can scan
the specified directory to identify files and folders consuming
the excessive amount of space. You can also use the feature to
scan a folder, directory/path and drive to get detailed storage
information.

WSL can now run commands on start up

Windows 10’s built-in Linux support is now getting support for
a new feature that will allow you to run Linux commands on
start up of a WSL distribution.

WSL

You can use the startup commands feature by modifying the
wsl.conf file. Using start up command support, you can also log
the launch time and date for the WSL distro.

Time zones

Microsoft is updating the “Set time zone automatically” feature
in Windows 10 to notify users when a time zone change is
detected. The notification will allow you to launch the
Settings app and explore the new time zones configured by
Windows.

Windows Time Zone

In some cases, Microsoft will ask you if you would like to
update your time zone when you’re travelling and location
change is detected.

Storage Spaces Settings

After introducing
modern disk management tool, Microsoft is now bringing a
new way to manage Storage Spaces from within the Settings app.

Modern Storage Spaces

This feature can be accessed from Settings > System >
Storage > Storage Spaces.

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