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: Not quite true
by WereCatf on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:22 UTC in reply to "Not quite true"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

The "12GB" number is AFTER installing the full version of Office and numerous apps, to quote the source.


That still way more than it should be. I wonder what it actually is there that's taking so horribly much storage space. Even worse when the OS takes a third of all storage on the whole system. Curious.

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RE[2]: Not quite true
by marcp on Fri 19th Oct 2012 23:03 in reply to "RE: Not quite true"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I wonder what it actually is there that's taking so horribly much storage space

It's probobly their "shared libraries" folder [It's called WinSxS in Windows 7, IIRC], or some RT counterpart of it.
These guys surely don't know how to write the code that is both compact and portable.

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RE[3]: Not quite true
by tanzam75 on Sat 20th Oct 2012 00:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Not quite true"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19


It's probobly their "shared libraries" folder [It's called WinSxS in Windows 7, IIRC], or some RT counterpart of it.


The WinSxS folder does not take up any additional space. It's almost all hardlinks.

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RE[2]: Not quite true
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 21st Oct 2012 05:23 in reply to "RE: Not quite true"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

That still way more than it should be. I wonder what it actually is there that's taking so horribly much storage space. Even worse when the OS takes a third of all storage on the whole system. Curious.

It is? Come on, this is Windows we're talking about here. It has a longtime reputation of being joked about due to the fact that with every release comes even more bloat and in turn higher system requirements. Clearly that's still the case--either Microsoft is lazy, the chip manufacturers are paying them to keep specs high, or both (I'm betting on both...). I'm not saying that Mac OS X or Linux is any better (well, there are some exceptions in Linux with certain window managers...) , but seriously... the fact that Windows for traditional PCs is a pig is well-known.

I just think it's highly ironic that what Windows 8 is is basically a tablet/cell phone-type OS designed with traditional PC hardware in mind, yet its x86 version requires even *more* memory and hard drive space than Windows 7. With the extreme drop in functionality provided by Metro, I'd expect an equivalent drop in specs... but I guess this is Microsoft we're talking about. The fact that the ARM version is so heavy doesn't surprise me the least bit... it's from the same damn code base. It would be different if it was actually a separate OS like Windows CE was, but it's not.

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RE[3]: Not quite true
by lucas_maximus on Sun 21st Oct 2012 16:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Not quite true"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Bloat word is banded around yet again.

It is called features. Normally even my basic web code triples in size after putting in all the error, logging and debugging symbols.

I honestly don't believe many people on this website write code or if they do it isn't very robust.

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