Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2013 18:47 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, due on February 9th, will have a smaller amount of storage space than expected. A company spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that the 64GB edition of Surface Pro will have 23GB of free storage out of the box. The 128GB model will have 83GB of free storage. It appears that the Windows 8 install, built-in apps, and a recovery partition will make up the 41GB total on the base Surface Pro model." Oh Microsoft.
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The basic Windows 8 installation file for 64 bit is called "E:\sources\install.wim" and is 2.5 GB big. This is exactly how much a rescue file/partition would take.

Unpacked this file would be be roughly 8 GB for the Enterprise edition
Even if I would add diskspace for a swapfile AND a hibernate file (nobody would use hibernate on such a device) AND dozens of apps I just don't see any way how this would become 41 GB.

I actually have a domain joined Windows 8 + Office 2013 + SQL Server (Express with tools) 2012 + VS Studio 2010 (VB, C# and C++) + patches and MANY more home-apps/progs/tools and that is 23 GB in total

I was already wondering the same on the Surface RT. a 32 bits x86 Win8 is 5 GB unpacked from a 2 GB wim file. Add 1 GB for Office 2013 and the total becomes 8

Can anyone with such a device tell me where all that diskspace is going?

Edited 2013-01-29 22:41 UTC

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