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Operating System Specific Discussions => Other Operating Systems => Topic started by: golem on June 21, 2019, 11:16:53 PM

Title: Windows footprint
Post by: golem on June 21, 2019, 11:16:53 PM
Seems MS are getting on their game. Footprint on my VM of Windows 10 is 13Gb whereas Windows 7 with all the updates (which took two days!) is about 23Gb.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: TribbleSmasher on June 21, 2019, 11:43:47 PM
Those are identical installations otherwise?
I have a small Win10 installation here that is 21 GB, on a real machine.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: gertsy on June 22, 2019, 01:17:34 AM
Interesting observations.  If we were talking Workbench Installs would we be including our programs, work and data, virtual memory on hard disk, recovery (backup) partitions or resume files in our OS Footprint?  I'm guessing not.

These days the Windows Partition for Win10 on a normal install is 4.2 GB (on disk). With a default Windows Program Files size of less that 2GB.  Thats on a Bitlocker encrypted c:/ drive.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: TribbleSmasher on June 22, 2019, 10:17:59 AM
I just checked; the 'Windows' folder is reported as 15,3GB in size, with the 'WinSxS' folder inside holding 8,3GBytes, in almost 100.000 files...
I think 'WinSxS' is kindof linked together and the reported size could actually be wrong, but i am no expert.  :o

Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: golem on June 22, 2019, 11:17:37 AM
Those are identical installations otherwise?
I have a small Win10 installation here that is 21 GB, on a real machine.
A few small programs installed like McAfee, WinUAE and Amiga Forever but nothing massive like Office.
You can run Disk Cleanup as Administrator then can be rid of upgrade files if that is the difference here.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: TribbleSmasher on June 22, 2019, 11:49:08 AM
Yes, that shaved off a few gigs. But Windows 10 will eventually grow just like Windows 7 was, when it gets older.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: pyrre on June 22, 2019, 12:29:50 PM
My 6 year old W7 install on my SSD's with pagefile, temp and download files moved from the SSD. with all software installed, games on seperate disks. My setup is 90gigs large...
Windows folder itself is 30gigs.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: F0LLETT on June 26, 2019, 09:27:45 AM
Yes, that shaved off a few gigs. But Windows 10 will eventually grow just like Windows 7 was, when it gets older.

Dont forget about driverstore. Windows keeps all old drivers installed.
I couldn't workout why my install was 50GB. Driverstore had 10 GFX drivers, each 500MB+, same for sound drivers. Once cleaned those, regained 30GB.
Title: Re: Windows footprint
Post by: zipper on June 26, 2019, 10:49:24 AM
And Nvidia keeps duplicates in C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2 !!