Microsoft has continued to expand the PowerToys open-source Windows tool collection in recent years. The memory requirement also got out of hand – the PowerToys program folder grew to a whopping 3.1 GB. With version 0.72.0, which was released a few days ago, the folder has shrunk to around 550 MB, as Microsoft says in the documentation on GitHub.
We were able to understand this information in a short test. However, the value does not say much about the effective savings, because on the one hand Windows can save space by using hard links instead of duplicate files, on the other hand not all software components have to be in C:\Programs. Therefore, we were also interested in how the installation of the PowerToys affects the actual drive allocation and we took a look at the occupied storage space of drive C:.
Savings – but still lavish
Despite the impressive reduction of the PowerToys folder in C:\Programs, installing the current version 0.72.0 takes up around 1 GB of space on the C: drive, while the previous version 0.71.0 swallows around 1.4 GB – not quite as impressive anymore, but still a saving of around 400 MB.
If you disregard the storage space savings, the new edition primarily brings detail improvements. The batch rename tool PowerRename should now run more stably with large mountains of files, the mouse highlighter can also highlight the mouse pointer more clearly when it is just being moved, and the like. Microsoft lists all innovations and bug fixes in the release changelog on GitHub.
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