How to Enable or Disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10 using DISM

Starting with Windows 10 1903, Microsoft introduced Reserved Storage which allocates a portion of the disk for upcoming updates and fixes. The presence of extra space reserved for cumulative updates resolves several bugs that occur due to not enough storage. Previously, users need to make a few changes inside the registry to either enable or disable Reserved Storage on their PC. However, one can perform this task simply using the DISM utility.

The company adds three commands – first one to view its current status, while second and third ones are to enable and disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10 version 20H1 respectively. Let’s explore how-to run these codes effectively –

Enable or Disable Reserved Storage

How to Turn On or Off Reserved Storage using DISM 

Here’s how to either enable or disable reserved storage on Windows 10 devices –

Note: The below methods are applicable only if you have already upgraded your operating system to 20H1. If you are using either Windows 10 19H1 or 19H2 version, read how to enable or disable reserved storage on Windows.

How to Enable Reserved Storage using DISM Command Tool

To enable reserved storage using DISM Command tool, use the steps –

  • Click on the Start button and type “cmd”.
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  • If the UAC prompts on the screen, click on the Yes button.
  • Once the elevated command prompt opens, you need to confirm whether the reserved storage is enabled or disabled.
  • To do this, type the below command and then hit the Enter key
dism /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState
  • In order to enable Reserved Storage, type the following command and then press Enter –
dism /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Enabled

Once you complete the above steps, the Reserved Storage gets enabled in your device. It will preserve your device from having problems while updating and upgrading process.

How to Disable Reserved Storage using DISM Command Tool

To disable reserved storage using DISM Command tool, use the steps –

  • Press Window+R shortcut key and let the Run dialog box appear.
  • In the text area, type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together to launch the elevated Command Prompt.
  • When the UAC prompts on the screen, click on the Yes button.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following code and press Enter to know its current status –
dism /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState
  • To execute the above command lines, press the Enter key.
  • In order to enable Reserved Storage, type the following command and then press Enter –
dism /Online /Set-ReservedStorageState /State:Disabled

After performing the above steps, you can disable the Reserved Storage on your device. It unlocks the storage previously reserved to hamper the issues during updating and upgrading issues without requiring to free up space.

That’s it.