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Old 03-08-2013, 06:50 PM  
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Windows 7 question for the masses

Friend of mine wanted me to upgrade his mothers computer to Windows 7 and 4gb of RAM. Got started tonight and discovered they only have a 32gb IDE HDD.

Windows 7 requires 16gb of space for the x86 version.

Has anyone here tried to install Win7 on such a small HDD and if so, how did it work out?
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:39 PM   #16
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Stick with XP, the WINSXS directory alone will grow larger than that hard drive within 6-12 months.
Yeah, after checking things out, I decided to not install Windows 7. I just cleaned all the bloat up and bumped it up to SP3. Couldn't believe it hadn't been updated since 2009.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:29 AM   #17
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Yeah, after checking things out, I decided to not install Windows 7. I just cleaned all the bloat up and bumped it up to SP3. Couldn't believe it hadn't been updated since 2009.
I know it's not as pretty, but XP really is a stable OS.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:59 AM   #18
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I know it's not as pretty, but XP really is a stable OS.
I forgot how annoying it was to have to restart 50 times for windows updates on xp.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #19
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As opposed to waking up to see that Windows installed updates, closed your open processes and restarted on its own?
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #20
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32gb available. It's a 40gb drive. Didn't think that information really made a difference to you guys considering its 8gb of non existent space.
Doesn't make a difference, but 32GB is a specific size that didn't jive with everything else you were saying. Or at least it made us think you might have misunderstood something.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #21
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XP was and is a fine OS. Like was said, it ain't flashy but it's solid. The POS computer I'm on right now is running it just fine.

I'm curious about the Ubuntu. Loaded it on a really old laptop just to play and it was very light and didn't use much for resources at all. I think it's a good option, especially since it's free. Just a little different on the interface, but for a regular user, it should be just fine.
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Doesn't make a difference, but 32GB is a specific size that didn't jive with everything else you were saying. Or at least it made us think you might have misunderstood something.
Sorry. I got a little touchy there.
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I forgot how annoying it was to have to restart 50 times for windows updates on xp.
True, installing XP takes a looooong time.
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