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Windows 8 and pre-installed software on Microsoft Surface Pro weigh in at tens of gigabytes

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Windows 8 and pre-installed software on Microsoft Surface Pro weigh in at tens of gigabytes
The Microsoft Surface Pro came with a huge promise - a tablet that is good for both work and play, with full on Windows 8, a kind of a crossover, the ultimate portable machine. In reality, there are many compromises it comes with and the most recent one is the fact that the operating system and the pre-installed software take away a mind-boggling amount of the internal storage for the 128GB model.

Basically, the user is left with 83GB of usable space, a shockingly low amount when you think about you just got a 128GB tablet. 

The information was allegedly confirmed by Microsoft itself, and if the same holds true for the 64GB Surface Pro that would leave it only 19 gigs of storage to the user, which is definitely a problem. On the bright side of things, you can always use the 7GB of free cloud storage offered via SkyDrive, and you have a memory expansion slot. Still, that huge amount of storage required for Windows 8 is one of the tradeoffs for getting the full work and play experience.

source: Softpedia

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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:03 3

1. JC557 (Posts: 699; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I would like to know what included software will take up so much space. I know Office uses a sizeable chunk seeing as how it's a complete suite. Also possibly MS Security Essentials or the like. Maybe there'll be some entertainment or editing software as well. Otherwise there's no reason why the OS should be so large.

Well, at least Surface Pro seems like a great tablet for productivity without sacrificing too much play.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:34 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


MS has a patent on code bloat. When DOS 2.0 was being released, the mantra was 'DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run....' Fast forward to Windows v. 3.0 being released, and the mantra was 'Windows isn't done until the system must be upgraded....' It has been that way ever since. Fat code is inefficient code which takes up storage and requires CPU, RAM and GPU upgrades.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:16

14. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I put Windows 8 Pro on a second hand Acer tablet and it takes up about 20 GB. It runs very well considering that this was a Windows 7 tab and it is as crappily made as Acer products typically are. There must be an exceptional amount of bloatware on the Surface Pro.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:41

17. blattlaus (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


Remember that Office is not included with the Surface Pro, only the RT. That makes it even stranger how much space is taken up. I have updated a laptop and a Win7 tablet to Win8 and the OS takes much less than 45gb- in fact the Win7 tablet I updated to Win8 only has 32gb total and it runs fine with 20-30 apps loaded. This doen't seem right to me especially since both surfaces are "Microsoft Signature" and have no pre-installed trial software.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 17:06

18. waltah (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


It should have a trial version of Office on it which takes up space. A good chunk of it is also on a restore partition that you can get rid of and put it on a usb drive.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:17 3

2. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


comes in at 24GB on my laptop. I guess you have to make some sacrifices to enjoy quality software.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:29 4

3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Reality distorted much, fanboy?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:52 4

8. rcranium (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Haters gotta hate.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:40 1

5. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Yeah, people should just stick with tablets, this whole surface wave will die down before it does anything relevant, especially with lack of apps, ridiculously high price points, and trade-offs like this that take away from the user/consumer, way to go Microsoft, bravo, just bravo..! Smh.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:49 5

6. jove39 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...to begin with Surface Pro is not a tablet...its ultra-portable PC. And it doesn't need any apps...because its real Windows (not RT).

Price is justified...considering its competing with devices like MacBook Air.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:57 1

12. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I still think it's high, but that's just my opinion. Just as the MB air is. I can get an ultraportable from ASUS for 800 with upgraded GFX(Nvidia 620...needed for CAD). It's not the level of an "ultrabook" in terms of size, but it's only a half pound heavier and a 1/4 inch thicker. I personally think that Ultra books are slightly overrated.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:51 3

7. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


While I generally agree with you, the *Pro* version of the Surface does not have a lack of apps. It can run most of the legacy applications that you could run on W7. However, yes, it is overpriced, and MS should realllllllllly learn out to lean their code some.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:54 1

9. sadiqhashim (unregistered)


I so much believe that Microsoft has a good start, I never expect them to have it all from the start, the rest of the goodies will come gradually.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:56

10. znellu (Posts: 64; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Usually Windows installation takes up around 10 GB of disk space in any PC. The Surface Pro, which works on Windows 8 Pro, is a PC made into a tablet. You'll get to run whatever you run on your desktop (or laptop) in it. So this 10 GB thing is as expected.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:57

11. jove39 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


45GB of space occupied in pre-installed software!!!!

MS seriously need to put W8 on diet...hope...with next release (Win Blue???) customers get leaner version!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 09:42

13. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I am not sure why its so heavy in size, id imagine its due to the fact that it is a pretty hefty OS but still, I think they can optimize that a bit. There are plenty of options for expansion so its not an issue.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:35

15. ojdidit84 (Posts: 190; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Well I know that a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro x64 w/ Media Center is about 20-25GB of just the OS itself. Plus when the hard drive is formatted that takes away another ~10GBs of space. What the other 10GB of software is who know... Office certainly doesn't take up that much space.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:55

16. lilhart (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Think about the cumulative updates the OS and Office are going to get in addition to other utility software updates...This should make a case for work only tablet not for play stuff...

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 19:22

19. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Seeing as how you are supposed to be able to use desktop software on it....having a large size isnt that bad. As long as there is lots n lots of internal storage and sd card options....and you can connect external harddrives to it.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:05

20. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


why is this system so heavy?! hope windows blue will change this!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:38

21. pfroo40 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


This isn't a surprise. It's the professional version of a modern, full featured operating system, not an oversized version of an OS from an MP3 player. Plan accordingly when purchasing based on your storage needs and expand if necessary. Or, complain about it and go back to playing Angry Birds.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:40

22. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Unlike google, Microsoft isn't interested in alienating its partners by subsidizing the crap out a product.

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