Re: "not giving Windows 10 enough headroom"
The point of my post is not the absolute size of the VM. Obviously it has several significant applications installed otherwise what would be the point of making it? Windows is an OS and an OS, by definition, is an infrastructure and environment that can support and run applications. I fail to see why some folks seem to believe that Windows 10 has any intrinsic value all by its lonesome.
The point of my post is that Windows 10 upgrades and many updates waste device resources that can be used instead to provide capabilities to the tasks we need to do on the bloody thing.
In my case, significant storage is used for content resources needed for content creation as well as engineering and development tools. And if I to a rough sum, your "at home" Windows PC has something like 77GB occupied by the page file and top 5 folders. That seems suspiciously similar to my VM PRIOR to the 1903 update. Note that it's been more than 30 days and I still can't purge the VM file system of the previous, 1803, installation.