Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC
Windows Interesting little tidbit from the Reddit AMA session with Microsoft's Surface team. One Redditor wondered just how much disk space Windows RT takes up - in other words, if you buy the 32GB Surface RT tablet, how much space is left for your stuff? It turns out that while Windows 8 RT is considerably smaller than its Windows 7 x86 predecessor, it's still huge by mobile standards.
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RE: Windows is notorious for this
by tanzam75 on Sat 20th Oct 2012 01:29 UTC in reply to "Windows is notorious for this"
tanzam75
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It is also known to grows in size over time.
This can be because of installation files being left over even if the application is uninstalled.


Interesting. Under what circumstances are installers left over after applications are uninstalled?

I've noticed that a lot of installers extract to a temporary directory, and then forget to delete it when the MSI finishes running. But this has nothing to do with uninstall -- they eat up the disk space even if you never uninstall the app.

The \Windows\Installer directory should clean up after itself. It's those pesky temporary directories that bootstrappers extract into that tend to hang around.

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