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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google_ninja
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2006-02-05

I had one of the last word for macintosh versions that came on ~50 floppies. MS used some odd formatting scheme to squeeze a few extra kb out of the discs too, the downside was that it made them even more prone to error then normal floppies (which were already pretty bad). After a few months, a handful of them had errors on them (which is really fun to find out, 34 discs in). Managed to image them even though they wouldn't install normally, and then make new copies.

Anyways, vista has a 15gig or so footprint no matter what the edition. That includes things like every usb device and printer driver that windows supports, and fonts for almost every language on earth.

But that is for install, we are not talking hibernation file, pagefile, system restore backups (which get created regularly, and are sometimes triggered by updates), shadow copy (which stores diffs of all files in the user documents at regular intervals), copious amounts of log files, registry hives, several different types of cache files, multiple different versions of the .net framework (and by extension, multiple versions of the base class library). There is also this system they introduced in xp to keep track of multiple versions of the core system files, as certain vendors liked to overwrite system libraries with their own versions.

Whats worse is the way NTFS is going, every version is more fragmentation prone. Couple that with an os that generates an astonishing amount of files, and you end up with something that needs to be defragmented and cleaned up about once a month to maintain performance.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Anyways, vista has a 15gig or so footprint no matter what the edition. That includes things like every usb device and printer driver that windows supports, and fonts for almost every language on earth.

Well, I guess the good news is that there are plenty of ways that Microsoft can innovate the size down.

Calls to mind an advertisement I was saw in a magazine in my doctor's waiting room back when FAT32 was new. For years, of course, people who knew even the tiniest bit about filesystems knew that the huge cluster sizes required by the poor design decisions of fat12, and perpetuated by fat16, resulted in absolutely unimaginable wastefulness regarding file storage on contemporary drives. But according to the advertisement "Microsoft engineers had thought of a way (no doubt in some rarified, high-level think tank) to make computers save files in a fraction of the space they could before".

I'll be on the lookout for similar innovation re: the Windows 7 installation footprint. ;-)

Edited 2008-11-25 00:35 UTC

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