Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build reveals revamped Disk Space feature

While we have reported that the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 will offer users better access to the OS with a keyboard and mouse configuration, there will apparently be some improvements for touchscreen-based PC owners as well. Winsupersite has found a revamped Disk Space feature in the recently leaked build of Update 1 that should make it easier for users to manage their Modern apps and storage space with a touch-oriented UI.

The Disk Space feature, which the report says will be available by accessing PC Settings, and then PC and Devices, shows how much storage space is available on the computer at the top. Below that indicator are three menu choices. The first shows the total amount of storage space that's being taken up by Modern UI apps, with a "See my app sizes" link. Pressing or clicking on that link takes the user to the App Sizes utility where each app can be uninstalled, if need be, to free up more storage space.

The second menu choice is Media and files, where users can see how much space is taken up by pictures, videos, audio files, documents and downloads. However, this part of the Disk Space feature does not allow users to interact with it in any way. It's possible that Microsoft will add that interactivity when the final version of Update 1 is released. Finally, there's a Recycle Bin menu selection that allows a quick way to empty any files that have been placed in that folder.

If Microsoft makes the Disk Space feature in Update 1 more interactive, it could allow users who don't want to switch to the desktop UI an easier way to manage their PC storage. Microsoft is rumored to release Update 1 in April.

Source: Winsupersite | Image via Winsupersite

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Recycle Bin menu selection that allows a quick way to empty any files that have been placed in that folder.

what about right-click menu? ...

Torolol said,

what about right-click menu? ...

Right click where exactly? The thing is just a button for now, they haven't added a recycle bin area/tile like we have with the desktop icon yet so there's nothing to right click on.

elangab said,
They need something similar for Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3 does have something like this already, go into the phone storage option in settings and click on the bar. You then get a list of what types of files are using up how much space. You also see temp files listed at the end and if you click on it you get the option to delete them.

elangab said,
True, but I can't see how much space each app is taking, and a way to clear the cache of a specific app.

Yeah, it's not quite the same so you're right, we'll see what 8.1 brings.

AsherGZ said,
Uh, why would you ever want to do that?

That's like asking why you would want to ever install your programs in a folder that's not C:\Program Files.

Sszecret said,

That's like asking why you would want to ever install your programs in a folder that's not C:\Program Files.

Yep, programs. Full fledged desktop applications like photoshop or games that cost gigabytes of disk space. Except we're talking about metro apps, most of which weigh in MBs. How many apps do we have in the store that pass the gigabyte mark? So unless you're still using that 40GB hardisk from a decade ago, I doubt you'll ever run out of space in the system partition.

Edited by Eric, Feb 6 2014, 2:39pm :

Raa said,

SSD.

How do you have your drives set up? Metro apps are installed in the user folder's "Local" subfolder which should be on your system drive. "Program Files" is supported on another drive, moving the Users folder is not.

I don't use Windows 8, but I was referring to the fact if you have an SSD and want Metro apps elsewhere, it's not (currently) an option.

Considering the way Windows desktop applications work, this would never be reliable. Programs and Features sort of does it if that's what you want (Which when you think about it, is the most logical place to find it; This is for Metro) but it's not 100% accurate.

Yea, its just Programs and Features is missing data on half the programs, I'd also expect it to be in the same place as other disk space assessments.

brianshapiro said,
Yea, its just Programs and Features is missing data on half the programs

That's exactly my point. I see you've missed it. It's not particularly accurate because it can't be accurate. This is the legacy of the classic Windows application model.

The reason the store is so rich is because it's designed that way. It's designed to sandbox apps into their own folders to allow easy reparability, updatability and [un]installation. This model also allows for a richness of detail to be enforced on apps that is simply not possible to enforce with the classic model, therefore, while Programs and Features does a good job, it's not perfect, nor will it ever be.

For example, installing a program on a computer using xcopy is a perfectly valid installation method for programs on Windows desktop, but you'll (typically) never see the application appear in Programs and Features, nor would you really expect it to. Is this a failing of Programs and Features? No. Is this a failing of Windows? No, because this is actually a valid feature of the flexibility of Windows. A program installed using xcopy is still a valid installed program, but Windows has no real way of knowing that it actually is installed, therefore you can't include it in a bar/pie graph or provide other nice things that this Metro implementation does for the Metro environment. Depending on the way it's installed (Shared components, common data repositories, etc.), calculating the disk space usage of it could end up very complicated indeed.

Ideas Man said,
Depending on the way it's installed (Shared components, common data repositories, etc.), calculating the disk space usage of it could end up very complicated indeed.

I understand the complexities of it.. but it would also be nice to be able to estimate even just based on the program files folder size. There are a lot of cases where people really need to have a quick glance on whats taking up disk space, and the more tools given to users to that end, the better, even if they can't be perfect tools.

Mandosis said,
why is it bad? It shows more information than you get just by looking at My Computer.
It is a horrible way to show free space. That screenshot looks like a snapshot of my cellphone when it gives me information about the space being used. Dumbed down and a waste of screen space.

It is a horrible way to show free space. That screenshot looks like a snapshot of my cellphone when it gives me information about the space being used. Dumbed down and a waste of screen space.

It offers more information than right-clicking on a drive and selecting Properties: that method gives the used and free space only. As with all versions, users may choose to install a third party solution should they need more detail on the types of files.

JHBrown said,
It is a horrible way to show free space. That screenshot looks like a snapshot of my cellphone when it gives me information about the space being used. Dumbed down and a waste of screen space.

Seriously? That's the best you could come up with? It gives more information than anything else Windows has provided in a central location before, without the user having to manually open the properties dialog for all the individual folders.

Please enlighten us with something better. If you're such an expert on this (As you seem to hint that you are with such a claim), then please outline how Microsoft should approach this better. It's called constructive criticism, rather than whinging and whining with nothing useful to actually contribute (Except to subtly advertise all the stuff you own).

Microsoft's provided something where there was nothing, and this something is actually quite useful when you have a tablet with limited storage available. It allows you to see at a glance where your storage is being used and act upon that as necessary. You don't need to resort to dropping back to File Explorer and viewing the properties of the folders individually and it's quite clear in what it's conveying.

However, JHBrown with his infinite wisdom has said looks "dumbed down" so Microsoft, please remove it altogether. It's part of Metro (Even though it's sort of designed for the Metro environment), and it doesn't look spectacular on his souped up screen, so dump it immediately.

JHBrown said,
It is a horrible way to show free space. That screenshot looks like a snapshot of my cellphone when it gives me information about the space being used. Dumbed down and a waste of screen space.

This is actually user-friendly for the majority of people, which is one of the many issues of Windows; being too complex.

neufuse said,
ew, that's a horrible way to show free space... too much dumbing down windows anymore...

It's the best way to show what is needed, it's not intended to give you advanced disk management options, it shows you what's taking up space, options to uninstall apps and the ability to clear out the recycle bin, nothing else is really needed for now.

I'm also getting a kick out of those who say it's a waste of space or too basic, once again, if you want something more open up the control panel and disk manager, otherwise feel free to go through each folder or disk and clicking in and out of it's properties window through windows explorer, because that's not tedious or extra clicks or an overall waste of time.

Ideas Man said,

Seriously? That's the best you could come up with? It gives more information than anything else Windows has provided in a central location before, without the user having to manually open the properties dialog for all the individual folders.

If Microsoft does it, it's "dumbed down"
If Apple does it, it's "elegant"

Enron said,

If Microsoft does it, it's "dumbed down"
If Apple does it, it's "elegant"


Except a lot of people are calling Apple products "dumbed down". So there goes that theory.

.Neo said,

Except a lot of people are calling Apple products "dumbed down". So there goes that theory.
Took the words out of my mouth. If anything, Apple is known to have dumbed down products.

and that's the point this is designed for your smartphones and tablets. Metro is for use on those devices, want more information, want details, then stick with the desktop.

People complain that it is dumbed down, but that is what people want on their tablets. The PC is dying, mainstream users want tablets. Microsoft is giving people the best of both worlds. This Metro stuff isn't meant to replace desktop functions, but supplement them. It is MS's answer to Android and the iPad - not the future of Windows, cos the desktop is still there for when you need it.

neufuse said,
ew, that's a horrible way to show free space... too much dumbing down windows anymore...

Rule #1: KISS (keep it simple, stupid)

So, cool if I want to empty the recycle bin, not so cool if I want to view or restore items in the recycle bin.

How about a pie-chart (or some other visualisation) to quickly get an overview of where the disk space is going?

dr_crabman said,

Then what made you click on this news? It was abvious from the title what it's about.

Correct. It was about a Windows 8.1 leak. I hope this is a good enough reason for me to click on the link, given most articles don't stick to one thing.

Edited by zhangm, Feb 6 2014, 7:54am :

Nashy said,

Correct. It was about a Windows 8.1 leak. I hope this is a good enough reason for me to click on the link, given most articles don't stick to one thing.

If it had anything to do with the Start menu, then that would be the primary focus of the title. The article had nothing to do with the Start menu and was very targeted, yet you felt the need to introduce something completely unnecessary, but designed to stir up a storm.

There's a word for that, it's trolling.

Ideas Man said,

If it had anything to do with the Start menu, then that would be the primary focus of the title. The article had nothing to do with the Start menu and was very targeted, yet you felt the need to introduce something completely unnecessary, but designed to stir up a storm.

There's a word for that, it's trolling.

Note how the only users making a stir are those that are taking the comments off-topic?

This was a comment about Windows 8. It was made because I am interested in Windows 8.1, and the changes being made. Hence I read it. I commented, and gave my thoughts on the changes Microsoft have made.

I hope this has helped clear it up for you guys.

Nashy said,
I hope this has helped clear it up for you guys.

Well it's clear who's off-topic and why you're here, everyone reading this site should know by now that this update won't bring back the start menu. You can stop clicking and commenting on news about leaks until W9 gets here.

dr_crabman said,

Well it's clear who's off-topic and why you're here, everyone reading this site should know by now that this update won't bring back the start menu. You can stop clicking and commenting on news until W9 gets announced.

I don't know that. I only have internet reports to go by. Given I don't work in MS, I can't confirm nor deny.

It looks like this article is about disk space, so yes, your complaint about a start menu from a previous version of windows is off-topic.

Can we please have a way to get this information without using my whole 27inch 2560x1440 monitor. This is one of those things that irks me with Metro. We don't need full screen for every damn thing.

Edited by JHBrown, Feb 6 2014, 1:41am :

JHBrown said,
LOL! Funny guy.

Well, you guys buy these large monitors, yet aren't prepared to deal with the large size. If it's not the UI, it's the time the mouse takes to move across them, etc...

ozzy76 said,
Windows 8: Perfect For People With 15" Monitors™

Where did I say 15 inch? Metro looks fine on my 22. Or is that too small too?

Dot Matrix said,

Well, you guys buy these large monitors, yet aren't prepared to deal with the large size. If it's not the UI, it's the time the mouse takes to move across them, etc...

Almost as if the UI was developed with a 10" or so screen size in mind, kind of like a tablet, and not for more traditional input methods.

JHBrown said,
Can we please have a way to get this information without using my whole 27inch 2560x1440 monitor. This is one of those things that irks me with Metro. We don't need full screen for every damn thing.

I have two 30" monitors and 2560x1600 and i use this thing called the "desktop" for that information. Try it sometime.

If you're on the desktop why would anyone switch to Metro to see this info? Or to empty the recycle bin? When you can do all this on desktop already. You're just looking for **** to complain about as usual.

For touch screen users this is a useful feature though, they wont have to switch to the desktop that don't work well with touch. Theres nothing bad about this feature but you still moan.

Lord Method Man said,
Ballmer, the guy who was ousted. Yeah lets cite him ROFL.

Where was he ousted? Pressure from the board != ousted.

NoClipMode said,

Try it sometime.

I use it all the time and it's the reason most people stick with a Windows 7. Still doesn't change the fact that putting hard drive space information in full screen looks like scht.

Dot Matrix said,

Well, you guys buy these large monitors, yet aren't prepared to deal with the large size. If it's not the UI, it's the time the mouse takes to move across them, etc...


Apparently you never realized you can increase mouse speed to compensate for larger screens and higher resolutions. Dragging my cursor from one side to the other doesn't take longer on my 27-inch iMac compared to a 17-inch eMac. It's a nifty feature, you should try it when you actually have to chance to use a larger monitor in person. After that get back to us.

.Neo said,

Apparently you never realized you can increase mouse speed to compensate for larger screens and higher resolutions. Dragging my cursor from one side to the other doesn't take longer on my 27-inch iMac compared to a 17-inch eMac. It's a nifty feature, you should try it when you actually have to chance to use a larger monitor in person. After that get back to us.

Now why are those same actions so horrible to perform on the start screen for many?

I'll bite, Windows 8 (and 8.1) as well as their respective Modern UI views look great on my 40 Inch TV (viewing distance ~ 1 metre).

Of course! The aim is to make it so that touch (tablet) users will only need to use metro, and desktop users will be happy with a UI designed for the mouse.

I can't wait for Windows 9, when, God Willing, we will be able to run metro apps in a window!

Dot Matrix said,
More Metro!

Guess you didn't notice the desktop/mouse features in the title-bar in the screenshot above. More desktop! Windows 8 is finally looking tempting.

The "desktop/mouse features..." reference is still MS's chewing gum and bailing wire attempt at making Windows-8 remotely desktop/mouse friendly. Hopefully, Windows-9 will give installers a real choice of UI to use.

TsarNikky said,
The "desktop/mouse features..." reference is still MS's chewing gum and bailing wire attempt at making Windows-8 remotely desktop/mouse friendly. Hopefully, Windows-9 will give installers a real choice of UI to use.

Yea, on this subject.. I have a sense that most of the users who are cheering all of the changes to the Start Screen -- context menu and all -- still don't like the Start Screen, and aren't going to like it even with all the changes.

But I don't mean to be negative, correct me if I'm wrong.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
I can't wait for Windows 9, when, God Willing, we will be able to run metro apps in a window!

you haven't been paying to much attention to the leaks on this update, have you? take a closer look at the top of the image in the article.

sirjay said,
if metro had an un-install option it would be on fire by now!

As the Win8 haters would answer: there is, uninstall Win8 and install Win7. ROFL

green_link said,

you haven't been paying to much attention to the leaks on this update, have you? take a closer look at the top of the image in the article.

Sir, I am afraid to say that I am paying more attention than you are. Report from internal sources, as reported by Paul Thurrott is that Metro apps will run in resizable, floating, windows on the desktop in Windows 9. The picture above only shows a title bar. The app is still fullscreen.