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: It could have been better
by segedunum on Sat 20th Oct 2012 22:29 UTC in reply to "It could have been better"
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course 12GB is too much, but it's actually better than other choice: not having a Windows ARM version at all.

Why? No one cares about Windows on ARM. People care about Windows purely because of the installed base of x86 specific applications. Beyond that there isn't much use for it.

That means Microsoft has not actually done much to reduce this clutter, except for porting the code to ARM (which is important by itself).

I'm not convinced they can do much about it. Windows is an interconnected homogeneous system. You take it or leave it.

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RE[2]: It could have been better
by j-kidd on Sun 21st Oct 2012 00:41 in reply to "RE: It could have been better"
j-kidd Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not convinced they can do much about it. Windows is an interconnected homogeneous system. You take it or leave it.


I just did some testing with Windows Server 2008 R2 yesterday. A normal installation takes 12GB, while a core installation takes 2GB only.

If WinRT didn't have to pull in all the desktop stuffs, I think it would be much smaller.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

I just did some testing with Windows Server 2008 R2 yesterday. A normal installation takes 12GB, while a core installation takes 2GB only.

A core installation has nothing in it. It shouldn't even be 2GB. I'm looking at a Linux system right now with Apache, running various PHP sites and a monitoring system (all on the same volume) - 2.5GB.

While I don't like talking about 'bloat' because as software develops it's inevitably going to get larger, in this case on these devices it matters. Microsoft quite clearly can do very little about it.

If WinRT didn't have to pull in all the desktop stuffs, I think it would be much smaller.

Well, the point is that it does because, as I'd said, Windows is extremely interconnected.

Several gigabytes for a base install of an OS on a dedicated device that has limited disk space to start with is just not acceptable.

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