Installed Windows 7 but it takes 19 gigs??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lexusracin, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2010
    I just finished the install. Out of a dreadful 128gb drive I rationed away 30 gb for light gaming on windows. I installed Win 7 ultimate 64 bit. In the windows folder it shows that folder alone is 19 gigs. It says I only have 8 gigs free! With 8 gb free I cant even install a single game! Shouldn't windows be only 7 or 8 gigs? Why is it taking 19 up? Any way to fix this?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    No. Once you start using win7 it will take even more space. It's not realistic using win7 on a partition less than 60GB, unless you only use it for one app.

    Which games do you wanna run?
    Could you run it in VMWare/Parallels, then u could use Win XP which can be slimmed down to less than a GB.

    Even better use wine/cider (I know loads hate it, but it takes no space at all).
    I'm playing old games like Vampire Masquerade Bloodline and SpellForce 2 on my MB,
  3. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    According to MS - Win 7 needs 32GB of space to run. I use it as a VM and the max allotted is 40GB for the VM. Currently it takes about 20GB but will expand to fill space as needed.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    Win 7 Pro 32bit took about 17gb on my 13/4/128 MBA. I allocated 40gb to the Windows partition because I don't plan on putting too much there. It runs fine.
  6. macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011
    I use XP with nLite and uses less that 1GB in a VirtualBox image
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2009
    Too bad OP seems to want Win 7 ultimate 64 bit..
  8. macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    This is a good tip from that link:

    Open command prompt with administrator privilege.
    Type this : powercfg -h off

    It will turn off hibernation and remove c:\hibfile.sys which will be the same size as your installed RAM.

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