From the Forums: Windows 8 feature - Show me my App sizes

Now that Windows 8 is out for some people, and you've probably installed a bunch of apps from the Windows Store already, why not take a look at how much space those apps actually take up?

We've selected a thread from our forums that shows you how you can achieve this and keep track of how much space those apps are taking up.

Introduction

More and more new features that are present in the Windows 8 RTM but not in the release preview are being revealed.

Today, I want to talk about a new neat little handy feature that is included in the RTM version of Windows 8. It's a new addition to the Metro Modern-UI style control panel in Windows 8 that will let you see how much space is left on your hard drive AND how much space each Modern-UI style app is taking up your hard drive. I am sure many of you will find this feature a very welcoming one, as in the past, it was quite hard to see how much disk space these apps were using without actually examining the app directories manually.

To activate it, go to the General section of the Metro Style control panel. Or you can directly search for it from the Start screen by typing relevant words like, "app size", "size", "space", "disk space", etc.

You will need the RTM version of Windows 8 (or later) to be able to do this!

A search for "space" does the trick too.

You can also get view it by opening the Charms bar (Winkey + C) > Settings > PC settings General, and scrolling down a bit to the Available Storage section of the page and click View app sizes.

You can also find it in the General section of PC settings.

View: New Windows 8 RTM Feature - Show Metro Style App Sizes

But wait!

As a reminder, anyone can check out the final release of Windows 8, right now! That is if you don't mind only having it for a maximum of 90 days. A Microsoft ID is required, and the Enterprise version can be downloaded and evaluated (which includes Windows To Go) which will see you out till Windows becomes available for retail on October 26th.

Be sure to read the conditions, because there is no upgrade path to a valid key from the evaluation version.

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I don't see what's new about having a list of application sizes in Windows.

Well OK, the interface is of course new.

Otherwise - Add/Remove Programs.

Northgrove said,
I don't see what's new about having a list of application sizes in Windows.

Well OK, the interface is of course new.

Otherwise - Add/Remove Programs.

It's new in that it wasn't in the RP.

Northgrove said,
I don't see what's new about having a list of application sizes in Windows.

Well OK, the interface is of course new.

Otherwise - Add/Remove Programs.

Does Add/Remove Programs show "Metro" installed apps? I never checked, but even if it does, there needs to be a way for the "Metro" interface to see this info which won't be available on the RT devices if you just use add/remove programs.

indeed.. and it even rounds up to MB..who needs to know about exact bytes and so on... and who cares where its stored or where your files are stored !

We need this feature in Windows Phone 7.8!
I mean, I can't be the only one constantly running out of space on my phone, can I?

jupe said,
222mb for Solitaire ?
has lots of backgrounds and animations... but yeah the biggest app iv seen so far is Solitaire which is pretty funny

222 MB and 122 MB for Solitaire and Mahjong vs same Windows 7 games which were around 10 MB! Sure it's an improvement for a tablet where disk space is infinite.

xpclient said,
222 MB and 122 MB for Solitaire and Mahjong vs same Windows 7 games which were around 10 MB! Sure it's an improvement for a tablet where disk space is infinite.

In previous versions of Windows, there were many dll files that supported the app. For example, there was the (I think this was the name) cards.dll that contains all the card graphics that were part of the application. Did you run an app such as depends.exe to find all the defendant files, then add up all those dependent file sizes to compare to the size of this version of solitaire, or did you just look at solitaire.exe to find something to complain about?

xpclient said,
222 MB and 122 MB for Solitaire and Mahjong vs same Windows 7 games which were around 10 MB! Sure it's an improvement for a tablet where disk space is infinite.

Yeah but did you see the cards in Windows 8 solitaire? They are prettier.

nohone said,

In previous versions of Windows, there were many dll files that supported the app. For example, there was the (I think this was the name) cards.dll that contains all the card graphics that were part of the application. Did you run an app such as depends.exe to find all the defendant files, then add up all those dependent file sizes to compare to the size of this version of solitaire, or did you just look at solitaire.exe to find something to complain about?

Yes I considered the size of cardgames.dll. Still is under 10 MB. Did you look it up yourself? And why do you think I complain for sake of it and not to encourage MS to raise their bar?

xpclient said,

Yes I considered the size of cardgames.dll. Still is under 10 MB. Did you look it up yourself? And why do you think I complain for sake of it and not to encourage MS to raise their bar?

it's not just solitarie, it's a collection of card games
and what to bitch about, mobile games easily go up to 150mb and more, so what's so extraordinary about a tablet app being 200mb?

PmRd said,
I'm never the one to complain that a post is not newsworthy but this one really isn't.

Then I guess you are now one to complain that a post is not newsworthy.

Mulsivaas said,
I liked it...

I liked it too

More news like this is good as it is alerting us of something new we can use,
news as in something that will not ever effect us in any way can be a waste of time. (along those lines kinda.) in my opinion.