Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 17:53 UTC
Windows One of the main problems with Windows Vista (and earlier versions) is that Windows consumes quite a lot of diskspace, with few means to trim down the installation. To make matters worse, Windows tends to accumulate a lot of megabytes and even gigabytes of space during its lifetime, leaving users at a loss as to how to reclaim this lost space. In a post on the Engineering 7 weblog, Microsoft program manager of the core OS deployment feature team (...) Michael Beck explains what Microsoft is doing in order to reduce the disk footprint of Windows 7.
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sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Except when you 'install' on a hard drive, it bloats out.


Andrew,

Of course the installed image is larger than the compressed installation image; Surely any OSNews reader should recognize that implicitly without anyone having to jump in to share that startling "insight".

Anyway, IIRC, the installed OS is about 1.5GB. Not bad at all by 2008 standards. By comparison, I believe Vista requires about "a 20GB disk with at least 15GB available free space". About a 10 fold difference. Even with NTFS compression, you're never going to get that within a factor of 5 of Ubuntu's installation size. Even Windows advocates in this thread have admitted that you'd never squeeze it onto an 8GB SSD.

Edit: And why did I even bother to type all this out, anyway?

Edited 2008-11-24 21:16 UTC

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

a 20GB disk with at least 15GB available free space


That is the official requirement for home basic, which is the "We have a sub 100$ sku" edition. When you talk about vista, you are talking home premium/ultimate/business which have a 40gig requirement.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

When you talk about vista, you are talking home premium/ultimate/business which have a 40gig requirement.

Oy vey! How many DVDs does that come on? Or perhaps it would be more interesting to consider "CD equivalents" of 700MB.

I remember, back in the day, we had a manufacturing accounting package that came in on over 50 5-1/4" floppies. Installation was somewhat tedious, as you can imagine, and quite frustrating when they ran into bad media. Actually, it was a DOS package so I didn't have to mess with it.

Edited 2008-11-24 21:54 UTC

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