Windows 11’s will now have less of App ‘Stubs’ and ‘Optional Drivers’

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  • Microsoft is doing a clean-up by removing pre-installed apps on Windows 11.
  • The move is expected to improve Windows 11 performance and avoid wastage of storage.
  • Users will typically install the apps when they click on them for the first time.

As the D-day nears for the release of Windows 11, Microsoft seems to be brushing up on a few items. With every new Windows release, there are always pre-installed apps. It seems this will change starting October 5.

Saved space

According to Dispensa, Microsoft’s VP of Enterprise Management, the company had made a few changes that would allow users to access their favorite apps without taking up undue disk space. 

Some users barely ever use some pre-installed apps so they end up staying there for nothing. This update will be available to the next-generation version of Windows while older systems will hold on for a while.

App restriction

Microsoft says it will restrict some applications to ‘stubs.’ What this means is that a user will be able to see a program on the operating system but it is not pre-installed. If the user wishes to use it and clicks on it, they will get the message ‘needs an update.’ launching for the first time will mean installing it.

Improved performance

The main aim of removing pre-installed apps is to avoid taking up too much disk space and improve performance. There will also be less background update activity. 

In addition, Ethernet and Wi-Fi drivers are now being referred to as ‘features on demand.’ they can be added at any time upon request.

Other updates include prioritizing foreground tasks in its improved resource management system as Microsoft had detailed in its plans for improvement.

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