Windows 11 reduces disk footprint for better performance

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 will 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
technology of the operating system and as well the inbox apps.
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

As you can see in the above screenshot, Sticky Notes binaries
will be loaded from the Microsoft Store and components aren’t
necessarily included in the OS itself. It will probably save
some space, but this won’t be the case for full-fledged apps
like the Microsoft Store or Office.

Microsoft has also reduced the disk consumption caused by the
operating system itself 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 manually remove the FODs
for the drivers that don’t apply to your device’s hardware.
This can be managed from the Settings app.

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

In a video, Microsoft officials recently explained that Windows
11 also 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.

Additionally, Microsoft has clarified that rounded corners and
new design elements like Mica will not result in reduced
performance.

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