Microsoft can bring to Windows 10 an essential and expected function that should already be present

A disk space analyzer from the command line called Diskusage was found in a Windows 10 test build. Today, in order to measure the size of folders on disks, users do not have to install third party applications.


Latest Windows 10 utility


Microsoft is creating a new Windows 10 utility, written on the Bleepingcomputer portal, a disk space analyzer. You will figure out how much room a folder requires on the media with the software installed into the operating system.

A new software named Diskusage was discovered by Bleepingcomputer when investigating new test builds of Windows 10 (20277 and 21277) intended for Windows Insider program participants. The utility supports a command line interface, allowing specific files or whole drives to be searched for storage system space use.

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As the newspaper reports, the program is in the early implementation stage at the moment. Some of its features do not function as planned, and there are typos in the reference manual (displayed when the command is called with the ‘/?’ argument).

Currently, it is not clear whether the Diskusage utility will appear in the stable branch of Windows 10, or when an Interface will be created for it.

Why is this required?

It will be useful for the largest variety of users, considering the obvious ambiguity of the problem the program is intended to solve. Indeed, as the source states, many users are faced with a situation in which, after extended use of the computer, the free space on the hard disk abruptly ends.

Particularly without downloading third-party applications, file managers or for example, disk partition usage analyzers such as Treesize, it can be hard to figure out which directories contain a lot of “weighty” files that should be removed to free up disk space.

Like its ancestor, Windows 10 itself doesn’t have applications that provide identical features. Nonetheless, Sysinternals, a subsidiary of Microsoft, is building a full collection of free utilities, including du, which can solve almost the same tasks as the current Diskusage. The Windows software was written by Mark Russinovich.

Microsoft can bring to Windows 10 an essential and expected function that should already be present

It should be noted that UNIX-like operating systems typically have a disk space analyzer program under the very same name – du, especially Linux-based distributions and various BSD systems.

Features and software characteristics

Diskusage was checked by Bleepingcomputer specialists and they found out that the software needed administrator privileges to run.

By default, the size of files and directories is shown in bytes as Diskusage begins, however using the ‘/h’ switch helps you to compel the software to show information in a ‘human readable’ format, that is, in megabytes and gigabytes. It is possible to output information not only on the computer, but also in a csv file, in the form of values separated by commas.

The software will sort folders and files according to the pattern of the name and the minimum size.

In addition, technically, Diskusage is capable of rendering the top heavy files, but this feature does not perform quite as anticipated, as Bleepingcomputer figured out. Apparently, the contents of a subfolder are not taken into account.

The software supports additional configuration files, in which the output format can be specified and filtering parameters can be configured.

What are the future models of Windows?


The forthcoming upgrade, known as Windows 10 21H1, is scheduled to take place between April and May 2021. It can include support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH) at the device level, improvements to the Linux kernel (WSL) and new settings in the Settings app.

In October 2020, undercode revealed that the key elements of the Windows 10 gui, including Explorer, Launch, Notification Center and taskbar, would be redrawn by Microsoft. By the end of 2021, inventions could see the light of day.

Moreover, according to Windows Latest, with reference to informed sources, deliveries to Windows 10X ‘lightweight’ technology suppliers, based primarily on mobile devices, will begin in the next few days.

The fact that the latest Windows 10X operating system is being planned for release was revealed in October 2019 by the popular Evan Blass insider. He noticed that this name hides Windows Core OS – a customizable operating system built by Microsoft for low-cost laptops and tablets. In mid-February 2019, the first specifics about it were declassified, a few days later it acquired the additional Windows Lite name, and in May 2019 it was announced that its release was indefinitely delayed, but it was also stated that it was targeted at cheap mobile PCs.

A Microsoft leak in October 2019 made details public about previously unannounced Windows 10X functionality. We were allowed to test the interface and architecture through a paper unintentionally leaked into the network.