XP on a netbook - how much space?

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How much space does XP take on the netbooks. A friend of mine was complaining her 8GB SSD only had 1 GB of available space. That didn't sound too bad, but it had me thinking, how small can they go?
 

Eva_Unit_0

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A base install of XP is really small, less than a gig. The biggest space waster would probably end up being system restore, I'd definitely disable it on a system with limited hard drive space.

8GB is plenty for a simple XP install.
 

GushpinBob

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Actually a base install of Windows XP SP3 will clock in a little over 2 gigabytes.

You can do some things to save on space like disabling System Restore, turn off hibernation, reduce the size of the page file (not recommended).

What I would recommend is getting your friend an 8GB or 16GB SD card for her netbook. These things are getting cheaper every day ( ~$30-$40 last time I checked on Newegg) and make the ideal secondary storage solution for your typical netbook these days.
 

Eva_Unit_0

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You can do some things to save on space like disabling System Restore, turn off hibernation, reduce the size of the page file (not recommended).

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I would recommend reducing the size of the page file. Most netbooks have 1 gig of ram. That means windows by default will use a 1.5G page file. I think that's completely unnecessary, especially for something designed for "light computing" like a netbook. I think reducing the page file to like 512MB is a good way to save drive space in this scenario.
 
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