how many gb does it take to instal xp home

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
April 25, 2010 at 20:47:56
Specs: Windows XP home
I just had a computer built for me with xp pro. It won't defrag as there's only 4% hard drive left. My old computer was xp home. I could defrag that. Should I go back to xp home, or what is the problem?

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April 25, 2010 at 21:26:22
First question that comes to mind is why do you only have 4% hdd space left. You either have a small hdd or a lot of junk on it.

Who built that thing and gave it to you with the hdd crammed full?


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April 25, 2010 at 22:23:45
It's been a while, but IIRC XP Pro with Service Pack 3 ate around 3GB.

I wonder if the builder made an ultra small partition just for Windows. Don't know why, but some nerds believe that tiny OS-only partitions can boost disk performance (it doesn't).

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April 26, 2010 at 05:42:48
Skip A friend had the computer built for me. It has 48 gb hard drive on C. Then, he put a D potition in called music only. I don't need this at all. It takes up 7.81 gb of hard drive with 98% left. Is this taking away from the 48 on C leaving only 40.21 gb on C? If I delete the D, will that add the 7.81 back to C?

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April 26, 2010 at 06:34:36
"If I delete the D, will that add the 7.81 back to C?"

It's not as easy as that.

1st of all, download, install, & run CCleaner-Slim...both the cleaner & the registry scanner. Delete everything they find. Assuming you're not the type of person who regularly dumps temp files & accumulated internet garbage, this should free up several GB of space:

download CCleaner Slim

Then you have to start looking for useless garbage programs & files on your system. How much data is in your My Documents folder? Right click on it, click Properties, then click the General tab. What's listed for "size on disk"?

Go to Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs & look over the list. Are there any programs on there that you no longer use? get rid of them.

BTW, make sure to dump the recycle bin. Everything in it counts against the total drive space. It's a trash bin, not a storage bin.

Another thing you can do is adjust the amount of drive space used by System Restore. The default is 12%. Move the slider so that it's about 2GB, like shown here (scroll down to the 1st screenshot):

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April 26, 2010 at 06:43:22
The difference is disk space between XP Home and XP Professional is minimal. Nothing to worry about.

If you delete the D: partition you will need to use a third part application the extend the C: partition into the space left by the deleted D: partition. It wont just happen automatically.

Having said that, there is no reason why you cannot use the D: partition for any kind of data. Just be cause it says Music doesn't mean you have to use it for Music. You can call i anything you like.

40 Gb should be plenty for XP. I have XP on a 10GB partition and have no problems with disk space. But then I only put stuff on drive C: that has to go there. Everything else. programmes, data etc are on other drives.

How big is this hard drive in its entirety. You may have some unallocated space that you don't know about. 40 Gbs is very small for a hard disk these days. The smallest disk you are likely to be able to buy is 80GBs.

Check in Disk Management to see just how the hard disk(s) are arranged.


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April 26, 2010 at 08:45:51
Open "my computer"
-Folder options
Check the following
-Display the contents of system folders
-Display the full path in the title bar
Under Hidden files and folders check the following
-Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck Hide protected operating system files
Click OK.

Navigate to the Windows directory, open the Temp directory. Select and delete as many of the files as possible. Some files windows will not allow you to delete.

Navigate back to the desktop, right click on Internet Exploder, select properties.

Under General, there will either be a box labeled Delete. For IE 7click on Delete and click Delete all. For IE 6 click on Delete files, check Delete all offline content and click OK.

There are plenty of other places cache files hide, but that's about all I'm willing to type.

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April 26, 2010 at 16:53:00
Thank you very much for all your suggestions. I downloaded the ccleaner, I checked my document files, and deleted the files that I don't need from the add and remove program. Instead of only 4% space left on C, it now says I have 64% left, and I don't have to defrag. What happened was I had the home edition on my old computer. The person that built my new one put the professional in. I'm not in business, so I found things to delete that were only for business people. Thanks again everyone.

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