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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Not just sometimes. Every MSI installer (yes, Microsoft Installer Installer...) you run is copied and stored inside your Windows folder with a cryptic name slapped on it, because the MSI file is also the uninstaller for a program. You run into problems when, even after uninstalling a program, that file doesn't disappear.

As an aside, a problem I have to deal with at work on a semi-frequent basis occurs when some clever fool finds and decides to clean up this dozens-of-gigabytes folder of installers. Pretty much the only programs that seem to have a problem with that are iTunes and Quicktime, which apparently can't update without the old installer there to remove the old program. The solution is to use a Microsoft tool that removes all of the registry entries pertaining to iTunes and Quicktime, so Windows just no longer knows it's installed, and the new version's installer can run unimpeded.

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