- 06-24-2013, 12:27 PM #1
Just a heads up, this will require 10GB of free space to install the preview.
This is going to be tricky free'ing up the space on my 32GB Surface RT, I've got 8.6GB free atm and that's after I've gone through and deleted a load of stuff.
Last edited by EDDS; 06-26-2013 at 12:27 PM.
- 06-24-2013, 12:43 PM #5
Also, if you're trying to clear space to make room: the latest (June) updates changed the Servicing Stack so that Disk Cleanup can free more space. If you type "cleanmgr.exe" at the start screen and run as administrator, it should show you that you're going to clear up around 1.5GB in Windows Update Cleanup (at a minimum, depending on when the last time you've done this type of cleanup is). The one thing to keep in mind though is that while it's cleaning this up (only the first time after June's update), it'll take about two hours.
- 06-24-2013, 12:55 PM #7
The email might be about a early released beta, sometimes people might get info from signing up for various programs at connect.microsoft.com or things like that... but yeah the preview will be available to the public.
- 06-24-2013, 01:04 PM #8
- 06-24-2013, 01:19 PM #9
@jhoff80 thanks for the tip, I am up to date on updates and had not done a clean up before, I only had 600mb worth of space to free up, but that's better than nothing :P
I've noticed that my pictures app seems to be taking up 600mb as well (must be cache from skydrive) so I might temporarily uninstall that.
- 06-24-2013, 01:25 PM #10
.aaaaaaand THIS is why I got a 64GB Surface.
won't be installing this though, because I read that all apps will have to be reinstalled. Silly it is coming through the store though, needs to come through Windows Update. Maybe the final release will.
- 06-24-2013, 07:20 PM #12
So it is official? To install the 8.1 preview, i would have to install all my apps again and everything is wiped?
I set-up all the VHD stuff to get all my music/video on my sdcard indexed in the windows folders, would i have to do all that again? I hope not, that was a nightmare
- 06-24-2013, 07:21 PM #13
It's actually only partly coming through the Store though. You get a small update in Windows Update under "Optional Updates" that then triggers the Preview release to show up in the Windows Store.
I suspect that the final release will be in Windows Update as you say though.
- 06-24-2013, 11:17 PM #15
If you're short on space and going to end up reinstalling some/all apps anyway, would it make sense to do a factory reset, apply the "update" then delete whatever windows.old folder may get created? Just a thought.
This page mentions only 4GB needed, but not clear if that's RT or "old" Windows Microsoft Talks About How Windows 8.1 Preview Will Work
06-25-2013, 12:02 AM #18
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I think what it mentioned should be the complete installation, it would make sense of use up 10GB of space, if we remove existing RT OS from RT tablet and install this complete package, the remaining space should be slightly less than 16 GB in a 32GB RT device. For most RT tablet users, later we should receive a package to install, which should be similar to ordinary service pack, and it should take up around couple hundreds of MB, and we don't need to remove every existing apps and settings.
- 06-25-2013, 09:06 AM #22
bottom line, clarified or not, you are going to have to reinstall ****, and the "improvements" are just not enough for me to deal with that hassle. Everyone talks about 8.1 like its the second coming but it is just a point upgrade and not that great. Service Packs did more in the past. I don't need a start button or other dumb luddite stuff like boot to legacy desktop....especially on Surface RT. I really wish Microsoft would port all the remaining Desktop Apps and office to Metro and turn Desktop completely off on the Surface RT.
- 06-25-2013, 10:58 AM #24
I think you need to do some research to learn more about what changes are coming in Windows 8.1.
There are still unannounced features in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has only publically released certain information about the update. They haven't stated what's included in the entire update yet.
All of the updates in Windows 8.1 are going to enhance Windows RT devices the most. Sure, there are minor improvements for the desktop, but these improvements are dwarfed by the changes made to the metro side of Windows 8.1.
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