After only 3 months of use my Windows folder is 8.5 gig. My Programs Files
folder is 2.2 gig. Then I have the hiberfil.sys that is 2 gig (because I
have 2 gig of RAM installed). My pagefile.sys is also 2 gig.
Total = 14.7 gig, and I have not put that much on this computer yet. I am
going slowly and testing each program thoroughly as I go.
Then you have all the temporary files that are created when programs are
running. Even though these files are, for the most part, deleted when you
close down the program that created them, if you do not have enough free
space (I would recommend 25% free space after everything has been installed)
you will find your computer may freeze up or cause other undesirable
Yes, there are vast differences between Windows XP and Vista.
You will see that the specs call for a ***minimum*** of 15 gig free space.
That is for Vista alone, without installing anything else.
Richard Urban MVP
Microsoft Windows Shell/User
"keyi" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I used to allocate less than 5 gig to the system partition of Windows XP
> installed all of the application software and games on another volume. The
> system ran well. Every time the system runs into critical problem and fail
> boot, I would use Ghost to recover the image of C volume, then reinstall
> several software such as MS Office. (Some software even needn't to be
> I think installing system and software on different volume can minimize
> loss of the reinstallment caused by some serious problem. That's why I
> the system volume so as to allocate more space to software and other data.
> Could you tell me why do you think the system needs 25 gig? Is there any
> difference between XP and Vista?
> "Richard Urban" wrote:
>> I do think that your going for 15 gig is an incorrect move on your part
>> though. I would not under any circumstance install Vista to anything less
>> that a 25 gig partition.