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Vista .. How much HD space ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Noyb, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    I’ve installed Vista Home Premium upgrade … a couple of times
    Even after deleting the windows.old folder …
    It occupies over 11 GB of HD space.

    Exploring the C: drive Properties shows a little more that 2gig accounted for.

    How much occupied space should it take/show ??
     
  2. BuffaloBeagle

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    hey, i am buying vista today so idk about the harddrive space yet but ive heard that its normal for it to take up to about 15 GB, thats the recommended amount of free space they say to have. Did u upgrade or get a brand new coppy of vista
     
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    upgrade .. to a 50 gig partition
    11 gig just doesn't sound right for a fresh install ...
    And I can't find where it's all hiding ??
     
  4. BuffaloBeagle

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    were you able to format the harddrive before u install to make sure that it only takes up the amount of space that it needs?
     
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    Didn't ask to format ... It expects to see a copy of XP to upgrade.
    I cloned a copy of XP to a 50 gig partition on a new drive .. to start with.

    I also did a new restore of XP .. then upgraded ... same results.
     
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    Quick way to do a fresh install of Vista with the upgrade. Install Vista without entering the key (you can do that) or updating it. Then, install it again, this time using the key. Windows will see the previous copy of Vista, which is an authorized upgrade, and will do a full install.

    Works great.

    Courtney sends....
     
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    Is there a way to do a fresh install so the only thing on the computer is the OS and the stuff that comes with it and no extra programs that you had from XP or can you only do the upgrade where all the crap from XP is still there?
     
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    so this will have the same effect as if u completely formatted the hard drive? so no other programs that i have in XP right now will be there at all? cause thats what i want
     
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    Tried that a couple of times ... NoGo .. maybe because I've put Vista in several times previously.
    I even read the directions the third time :eek:

    That's really what the upgrade supposed to do.
    It will provide a folder "windows.old" that has the old stuff and can be deleted.
     
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    oh really does it actually do that assuming that u were able to play around with Vista for a while, so i can actually install Vista Upgrade then jsut delete the windows.old folder and its as if all my XP programs were never there?
     
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    I strongly recommend doing this on a separate HD ... so you still have a good working XP system.
    Vista might be OK .. somewhere about Vista SP2
     
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    what do u mean? i want to install vista on my raptor 10,000 RPM drive not some crappy external HD
     
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    I'm putting it in to see if I like and is the rest of the world ready for it.
    so far my answer is NO.
    A slow drive will work for this purpose.

    I got vista to play with, learn and see what problems it had.
    As near as I can tell ... It'll be a while before I make it my primary OS ..
    maybe sometime around Vista SP2
     
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    I'm reloading Vista HP right now ... (again)
    Just wondering if anyone has packed it into something smaller than 11 gig ???
     
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    I ended up with about 11 but, after some fiddling, the total kept going up rapidly without installing much (not much WOULD install) In only a few hours of exploration, I had 15+. The answer was to clear out SR and it went back down to a hair over 11. Hungry hoser! Like Noyb, this has just been a temporary look at Vista. So far, there are some things I really like but there are too many problems that will take time to solve. I've removed Vista and the DVD will sit on the shelf until a lot of questions are sorted out. Waiting for sp1 at least.:eek: P.S. I used an 80gb for the familiarization, but I WILL use a bigger drive when the permanent installation occurs.
     
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