so are you telling me that the 20gigs that are needed might not be needed at all and the upgrade can go on a 17gig tablet HD?
@ Superfly DISM is part of ADK right? I've got that installed on my laptop, it was needed for MSDaRT.
Thank you- I hope so
I have 5 clients who purchased the surface pro on my recommendation and want the ability to upgrade to 8.1, they did not want to spend an extra $100 for the tablet to make it 128gigs because they plan on only using Office 2013 and email and will put all their documents and or pictures on a flash drive or put them onto an external HD. Also the service contract was much higher on the 128 gigs.
I will use my desktop PC as a test anyway, I will mark what my HD is prior to upgrading it to 8.1 and see what it does.
I also have a loaned Surface Pro from Microsoft and I will put it on that one to see how much it takes since it is a 64 gig one, since i do not have to give it back until November and they told me I could use it to upgrade.
cadenza = PC froze... hard restart,,, try fixMBR... then prompt for password...had a "WTH is the password moment " (I've being using fingerprint for who knows how long).. eventually booted dual .... then fixed MBR.
Last edited by Superfly; 22 Aug 2013 at 16:29.
You can try the procedure on your own to see how it goes.
You need to free up some space on too small disks before beginning, if disk is too full. That's why the 20GB is recommended.
For a clean install it wouldn't be a problem not even for 12 - 15 GB disks but upgrading is another thing: you basically run on your current Windows that has more than 10GB just in it's important locations and the upgrade version gets downloaded an extracted when the old files are still in use. Current (older) system files in use cannot be replaced live (only after a reboot or two, and even then: sometimes Windows.old folder keeps using some decent space).
After the upgrade the disk will have (almost) the same used space as before BUT during the process you will need extra (free) space.
so why would they give you a 64gig hd and take away 20gigs of space from it to begin with? maybe they should have given us a 80gig hd, for the surface pro, at least for the 20gigs it takes away for the recovery and OS, you would be back to 64gigs give or take.
That would have been a bit more reasonable, especially for what it costs.
If it cost in the $400 range it is not that bad, but for what it costs it should have been a bigger HD to accommodate the blunder Microsoft did in Windows 8. And what is worse if one does not have enough space to put on the 8.1, because Microsoft is making this mandatory, you are stuck with a dead $800 Surface Pro like the one my other client has from Samsung where he did not put anything on it yet, it was bundled with Office and he has 11 gigs left,,,, duh!