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Article ID: 837783 - Last Review: April 18, 2005 - Revision: 4.3

INTRODUCTION

This article describes the hard disk space that is required when you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on a computer that is already running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or that is already running Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

The following table lists the hard disk space requirements for Windows XP SP2.
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Hard disk space that is required if you install Windows XP SP2 from a shared folder on the networkHard disk space that is required if you install Windows XP SP2 from the Windows XP SP2 CD
Service pack 495 megabytes (MB) for the service pack495 megabytes (MB) for the service pack and an additional 500 MB for the service pack files that are stored in the %Windir%\Servicepackfiles folder
Working space260 MB260 MB
Files that remove Windows XP SP2200 MB200 MB
Total hard disk space required if the System Restore feature is enabled895 MB
1060 MB peak usage during installation
1455 MB
1560 MB peak usage during installation
Total hard disk space required if the System Restore feature is not enabled395 MB
770 MB peak usage during installation
681 MB
1100 MB peak usage during installation
In this table, the "Working space" entry is the hard disk space that is required for files that are used only during the installation process. The working space requirement is temporary and does not contribute to the total hard disk space requirement.

In this table, the "Files that remove Windows XP SP2" entry is the hard disk space that is used for storing the files and the settings that are changed during the installation of the service pack. You can automatically back up the files during the installation of the service pack. These files are required if you want to remove the service pack later.

You must also have 30 MB of free hard disk space on the first primary system partition. The first primary system partition is the disk volume that contains the hardware-specific files that are required to start Windows. For example, the primary system partition contains the Ntldr file, the Boot.ini file, and the Ntdetect.com file.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about the hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
326583  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326583/ ) Hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 1
For additional information about the system requirements for Windows XP operating systems, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314865  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865/ ) System requirements for Windows XP operating systems

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  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2)
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