Microsoft warns Windows 10 May Update messes with PC storage

Ruben Fields
April 27, 2019

The company has blamed "inappropriate drive reassignment" as the reason behind blocking the update.

Microsoft revealed on its Hardware Dev Center that both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update will require 32GB of available storage, a marked increase from previous versions of Windows 10.

Every Windows 10 update comes with its own share of weird issues that are often hard to explain and amusing at the same time.

The Redmond-based tech firm says that installing the update with a USB device attached will show users an error stating "This PC can't be upgraded to Windows 10". Users running older versions of Windows 10 should be able to install the May update without any problems, regardless of USB devices and SD cards.

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After more than six months of testing, Microsoft's first major release of Windows 10 in 2019 is nearly ready for a global roll-out.

This Cumulative Update includes the fix for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who were unable to update to the latest 20H1 build from Build 18362.53.

"Example: An upgrade to the May 2019 Update is tried on a computer that has a thumb drive inserted into a USB port".

Internal hard drives may also be affected by drive reassignment, along with the removable devices. We put the Release Preview version of the May 2019 Update on a Linx 7 tablet (with 32 GB of storage) and can confirm that neither Windows 10 nor the Linx cared much for the experience. You just need to remove the external media that's causing the issue and restart the update installation process. However, it's now being reported to affect mostly removable drives.

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