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Windows 7: Some advice requested... xD

28 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Some advice requested... xD

Well, it seems apparent to me now that I'm not getting my laptop running any time soon. All I have left to use is an old Dimension 4500 with an 18 gig hard drive. I'm afraid to put Windows 7 on it, due to how much space it would take up, but I really want to go back to it. So...

How much space does a Windows 7 installation take after a few days of being connected to the internet?
And with 18 gigs, would you even dare to recommend it?

Sad thing is, 3 days after my laptop crashing, reformatting the hard drive, etc.. It's already down to 5 gigs. But 3 gigs of that is for a project that I'll be deleting soon.

As always, thanks in advance.
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28 Mar 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

My first thought when I saw the 18GB hard drive was, "run a Linux OS on it", but then I remembered reading your post earlier today on the troubles you've had with that.

I just checked the properties for my Windows folder and it said 15GB for the 64-bit Ultimate. So I'm guessing that wouldn't work for you. I don't know how much smaller a 32-bit would be, either.....tough call!
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28 Mar 2010   #3

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

im afraid its 20gb recommended minimum
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28 Mar 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

18GB is cutting it close. But my Windows 7 runs in 16.5GB after 6 months and a lot of programs installed. But I have a seperate data partition, no hibernation file and no shadowstorage. I did, however, keep a 3GB page file. I would say you could try it if you make the right setup. And keep your data somewhere else.

PS: I forgot to mention that I uninstalled all the programs that came with the installation disk and that I do not use (e.g. Works). And if nothing helps, you could try to slipstream the installation disk with vLite - then you can make it fit for sure. (not 100% sure whether vLite works with Windows 7 - maybe someone knows).
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28 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
My first thought when I saw the 18GB hard drive was, "run a Linux OS on it", but then I remembered reading your post earlier today on the troubles you've had with that.
How much disk space do you think Mint would take up? I'd be single booting with it... and I have an ethernet cable plugged into the system, so updates and the internet in general would not be a problem.
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28 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any Linux distro would be a lot smaller than Windows 7. I remember my Ubuntu took less than 5GBs including the swap partition. And Fedora9 was about the same.
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28 Mar 2010   #7

Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
im afraid its 20gb recommended minimum

yup you need 20 gig , i think its 16 gig for windows then it needs some space to operate
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28 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well, I'm ready to switch over. I wanna know, though, which is a better choice...

gOS or Mint? I have both ISO's downloaded, and I have a USB boot creator. I just want to know which one would be better for a power user..
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28 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prisoner View Post
Well, I'm ready to switch over. I wanna know, though, which is a better choice...

gOS or Mint? I have both ISO's downloaded, and I have a USB boot creator. I just want to know which one would be better for a power user..
I'd use Mint. Just my opinion.
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29 Mar 2010   #10

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

And i'd use gOS...
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