PC has 106GB is that enough space for 2.37GB Win 8 install?

March 5, 2016 at 21:48:49
Specs: Windows XP
I'm trying out windows 8 and its 2.37GB. My computer has 106GB of space and I need to install this program for business purposes.

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#1
March 5, 2016 at 22:27:04
Yes, but the question is:

Does the computer already have an operating system on it? If so, then a Win8 install may overwrite that or not install properly (if it's something like a Linux-based machine). A little more information about your hardware is probably in order...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
March 5, 2016 at 22:56:13
Its a acer aspire one, Intel Matrix storage console


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#3
March 6, 2016 at 00:04:39
Is there currently an operating system installed? And if so, what is it? Also, how much RAM is installed? The machine in question appears to be circa WinXP, so there may be some issues with compatibility as well...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#4
March 6, 2016 at 02:14:27
Have Win 8 running on 60GB. Still space enough for extra apps

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#5
March 6, 2016 at 02:55:38
Presumably all your data is safely copied off the system; at lest to DVD - and if possible to an external hard drive too?

Once data is safeguarded... then presumably you would set up a dual boot wind7/win-8?


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#6
March 6, 2016 at 03:21:12
its an laptop, don't know if theirs an operating system.All its data is windows affiliated.

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#7
March 6, 2016 at 03:23:27
My external hard drive has 106GB of space

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#8
March 6, 2016 at 03:25:32
I downloaded from Microsoft website as a 90 day trial. Ask the desk said their it may run slow.

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#9
March 6, 2016 at 06:22:54
If it's a laptop then it will of course have an installed operating system. You seem in your specs (post header information) to suggest it's XP.

If you have created any files - documents, photos, music etc. then that s "your" data, your files; and it's those it would be wise to safeguard as suggested earlier. Copy those files to your external hard drive.

I'd never heard of theIntel Storage Manage - so I dun a little hunting and discover that it's a software package from Intel. And many who have it installed are not sure if they need it or not; as per the second link:

http://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/dow...

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/Inte...

So this raises questions in my mind... Is this Aspire one being used as some form of storage (RAID) controller. Or is the software simply there for no real defined use/reason; do you need it?

If you're installing win-8 onto the laptops main hard drive - how much free space is there on that drive. As best I know you can't install win-8 to an external drive.


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#10
March 6, 2016 at 06:35:00
We need to know the specs of your computer especially the amount of RAM...if you don't know, post the exact model number & we'll look it up. We also need to know which operating system (aka Windows version) is currently installed. Here's a list of the Acer Aspire One models with specs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_...

If you're running Windows XP, you will either have to configure the hard drive so that you can run both operating systems (dual boot) or you will have to erase the hard drive & install from scratch, meaning you will lose all your files & programs. If your laptop only has 1GB RAM, Windows 8 will run poorly.

Microsoft is offering 90 day trial versions of Windows 8, Windows 8.1, & Windows 10 - all Enterprise Editions. Assuming your computer can handle it, what are you planning to do after 3 months?

There are 2 disclaimers that you need to read:

- We do not recommend that you install this evaluation if you are not an IT professional or not professionally managing corporate networks
- Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/eva...


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#11
March 6, 2016 at 06:42:58
Based the info thus far from Cisco212, I'm much inclined to encourage him to seek local and experienced help and advice - before proceeding to install win-8. The information thus far is very scant/minimal, and leaves me with the impression that Cisco212 is not at all technically inclined enough to handle with what he seems to be considering. I fear (s)he may lose data on the installed hard drive; and possibly even what is on the external hard drive. And )s)he does seem to be thinking that (s)he would install win-8 on that external hard drive which is non-starter?

Add to that the observations above by "riider", I fear this project may all end in tears if not carried out with a lot more knowledge - and ideally local technical know how.


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#12
March 6, 2016 at 13:23:35
hah, Thanks, the model number is KAV60. As of now its still loading with no repercussion just really slow. You can look up that model number and see if you can find that information. On my hard drive its 106GB of space.

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#13
March 6, 2016 at 13:46:33
Where there appears to be some confusion is hard drives what is where, size and free space - nopt the least the drive in the computer itself?

You seem to say that the 106Gig is an "external" (usb) drive? But you don't say what your computer's main drive is - it's size/capacity; and how much of it free?

Onto which drive are you installing win-8?


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#14
March 6, 2016 at 14:31:21
Since you don't seem to have a lot of knowledge about the system itself, we only have to assume what little Google has provided via :

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/to...

CPU: Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz
CHIPSET: Intel 945GSE Family
RAM: 1GB 533mhz
GPU: Intel GMA 950
ETHERNET: Atheros AR8132
WIFI: Atheros AR5007EG
AUDIO: Realtek ALC272
USB CONTROLLER: Intel N10/ICH7

Based on the above CPU/RAM info, you're going to be sorely disappointed with Win8 performance on that machine (I didn't even know Win8 would load on an Atom CPU). You may also have problems with finding appropriate drivers for the associated hardware. Also, any previously installed versions of software may not work properly after the install. Personally, a newer machine would have been much more preferable....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#15
March 6, 2016 at 15:05:15
Yea that what I was told, I most likely just have to buy another computer

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