Windows 7 Partition

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Is there a general consensus on what the size of Windows 7 ultimate partition should be for basic needs
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Commented:
I would set aside about 50Gb. 99 out of 100 application programs want to be installed in drive C and most of those will give you untold grief unless you submit to their viewpoint. It is not worth fighting. I have a Vista Virtual Machine doing basic things and it is now 30Gb in size. Windows 7 is lighter but not that much lighter.
.. Thinkpads_User
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Really depends on what you are going to install on it but about 50 gigs would be the minimum like thinkpad noted above. However, I think most people (average user) just use the whole drive anyway.
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General consensus is : THERE IS NO CONSENSUS !
Understood that,use your common sense.
My basic needs are not your needs so ....
But you want an opinion,right ....????
Do you play games ? Do you .... ????
Then 'say it !' .....Gotcha!!!
It all depends on the amount of rap you'll be filling
your PC with...So take a good look at your PC and ask
yourself 'How much shall I put unto you?'
There ! That's your consensus....
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It also very much depends on the size of your disk.
If it's 500 GB I would give it 300 GB.
Documents and other 'important' goodies (that's why we partition drives,yes..??)  do not use
much space anyway.Adobe CS 4 does...
I would suggest 50gb for bare minimum although windows 7 will run from a partition with size of 10gb.  Can't install any programs or updates with that little though.

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It is my sisters new computer and she has two 450GB discs so spoace is not an issue. Her needs are basic. Microsoft Small business and MYOB or quicken, no games, 1 TV tuner although unclear whether she will actually video capture.
Clearly no need to use minimum requirements but it surprises me that anyone would use 320GB for what would only be used as an applications drive. I would like to use partitions to separate her  data and applications is that not the correct approach??
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I don't recommend separating applications away from the C Drive. As I noted, many applications don't like it, and screw up when you do it. I just do not recommend that approach.

Moving data and video onto a separate partition is another matter and that can certainly be done. You still need to consider backup for this data, but you can easily have your data on another partition.
... Thinkpads_User

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I should clarify I meant have all applications on the c drive together. I would put data and videos on a different partition.
Perhaps my question should be will Window's 7 run smoothly on a 50GB partition if I put all data and videos elsewhere.
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Yes, it should run just fine. ... Thinkpads_User

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