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MS is trying to fill up my hard drive . . .

by Coryphaeus / October 2, 2010 7:14 AM PDT

ThinkPad running XP Pro SP3.

I pretty much understand the .net framework being needed per application/version, but this is ridiculous. In add remove, I currently have:

.net framework 2.0 SP2
.net framework 3.0 SP2
.net framework 3.5 SP1
.net framework 4 Client Profile
.net framework 4 Extended

For a total of 550 Megabytes. And now per the MS Updates I need to add:

Security Update .net framework 2.0 SP2 and 3.5 SP1 (KB2418241
Security Update .net framework 4 (KB2416472
Security Update .net framework 3.5 SP1 (KB2416473)

For a total of an additional 9.50 Megabytes.

Where will it all end?!

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Let's see how much that cost.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 2, 2010 7:24 AM PDT

I see 500GB drives sell for about 50. Let's double that to 100 for this exercise.

That means your 9.5 Megabytes of space is about 0.19 cents of storage.

Is that unreasonable?

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I have a 160 in this laptop . . .
by Coryphaeus / October 2, 2010 9:54 AM PDT

Just trying to make a point that new software can be all consuming. The total space taken is over half a Gig. For software of dubious value. I'm sure it contributes to the overall experience, but geez.

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Yep, As Storage Space and Network Bandwidth Increases
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 2, 2010 3:37 PM PDT will software and the updates they need.. I'm not sure we can fix it..

Just an interesting example of which you have similar. My place of employment used McAfee antivirus for quite a number of years.. When I first started using the program, the virus definitions could be placed on a 3.5 inch FLOPPY DISC and I could install them on remote computers, meaning they were under 1.44 MB.. Now, those same definitions require approximately 80 - 100 MB for the updates..

Hope this helps.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2010 1:51 AM PDT

As an author I know how .NET can reduce the amount of space required for apps. That bundle of .NET downloads is shared by all your .NET apps.

Of course if you don't have any .NET apps, you can uninstall all .NET versions.

And then you can install the .NET needed. For example if you have a .NET 4.0 app, you don't need .NET 1, 2 or 3.

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