Space required to install Windows 10
If you’re looking to install Windows 10 on your computer or about to fresh Install Windows 10 but concerned how much space does Windows 10 take after install. This short guide will give you an estimated idea of whether you have recommended space to install and run windows 10 on your computer. Check the following points to decide whether you should install Windows 10 or not.
Windows 10 Install Size
Windows 10 receives two significant updates in a year. While the latest version works just fine on newer machines, old machines usually face issues when upgrading. To avoid all the mess created during the update process, we recommend that you clean install Windows 10 every 6 months.
When C:/ has 20GB or less.
What is tested: Windows 10 Nov 2019 update.
A clean or fresh windows 10 installation size is 11.6 GB, though recommended free space is 16 GB for 32-bit OS and 20 GB for 64-bit OS, but it is advisable to have a partition with more free space so that you can install software and games. For this test we also installed Windows 10 on a partition which was 12GB in size and it occupied around 11.6GB leaving just 300MB.
^^ This will applies to you when Windows is installed on C:/ drive which is just 20GB.
When C:/ is 50GB+
What is tested: Windows 10 Nov 2019 update.
If your C:/ have enough space Windows will take around 20GB or more.
Recently the version 1909, when installed on M.2 SSD it took similarly around 24.5GB and 25GB with Google Chrome installed.
Hard disk space
At least 20+ GB will be used on your windows installation partition. But if a partition has near 20-30 GB and on storage limits, Windows 10 has a special feature** that will automatically compress some system files to keep working fine. But you can also do this manually, in rough figure this feature is likewise able to compress 5GB into 3GBb but that’s the limit. You can not compress everything in the windows directory.
** run Compact.exe /CompactOS:always in CMD to free up about 2GB space by compacting Windows file.
Windows 10 ISO download size: Nov 2019
- x86 English Windows 10 ISO = 3.xx GB
- x64 English Windows 10 ISO = 5.xx GB
- x86 Single Edition English Windows 10 ISO = 3.x GB
- x64 Single Edition English Windows 10 ISO = 4.x GB
Though size may vary but not much. You can get official Windows 10 ISO using this guide.
Windows 10 1903 Single language
UUP files = 2.9 GB (x64) Download Windows 10 UUP files.
- Install WIM Size = 3.7GB
- Install ESD Size = 2.7 GB
- ISO with Install.esd = 3.35GB
When installed on SSD:
Roughly around the same as required on normal hard disks. As SSD (Solid-state drive) are faster so is windows 10 when you have an SSD. Having a solid-state drive will help the operating system to boot faster and work flawlessly. When tested on both ADATA SSD (C:/ 50GB) and M.2 Silicon power (C:/ 100GB) both were filled 20GB.
On the other hand, if there is suppose, C;/ is just 20GB then windows 10 manages to get installed in just 12 GB.
Installing from USB
Making a bootable USB from a Windows 10 ISO depends on its architecture. BTW a 4GB USB drive is enough for both 32-bit or 64-bit ISO. However, in case of multiple edition ISO, you may need at least 8GB USB drive.
Other Windows 10 Minimum Requirments.
New device: 2 gigabytes (GB) RAM for 32-bit or 64-bit
Update: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Graphics card: Windows 10 requires at least DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver and display with a resolution of 800×600.
→ If you think your computer can not run Windows 10, you should try once to install windows 10. If Windows 10 is not your cup of coffee your computer needs a lightweight operating system.
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Personal Note: this section is as per my own case.
Test #1: Windows 10 Pro, x64 System, 16 GB RAM, installed on 100GB M.2 SSD drive.
My Windows 10 installation took around ~20 GB despite the fact that I’ve installed around 20 programs. You can also use the Disk Cleanup tool to gain some free space on Windows installation partition.
Test #2. Specs: Windows 10 Pro, x64 System, 16 GB RAM, installed on 100GB SSD
This time Windows 10 (1903) installation took around ~20GB, with all the drivers up to date. You can also use the Disk Cleanup tool to gain some free space on Windows installation partition.
When You Don’t have Required Space to Install Windows 10.
It is very unlikely because today an average computer has around 500 GB Hard Disk. Maybe you have files on your disk or you Installed Windows 10 over any older windows. This might leave a Windows.old folder inside the Windows installation directory. You can clear the folder by going to Disk Cleanup > Clean System Files > Tick Old windows backup > Clean it.
Additionally, you enable the ‘Compress this drive to disk space‘ in Local Disk (C:)’s properties. This may make the program’s execution a bit slower than usual.
Are you ready to install Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the best, perfect and flexible windows Yet. However, we are not forcing, but you should experience it. Windows 10 has everything new. New UI, New keyboard shortcuts, Windows Hello and more.
- Windows 10 Install Size
- When C:/ has 20GB or less.
- When C:/ is 50GB+