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My laptop has: 1.6mhz processor, 2gb RAM, and 32gb internal storage. Taking an online course for C++ programming. Course requires Visual Studio 2015. Course syllabus states requirements are: 1.6mhz processor, 1gb RAM, and 4gb or more of free space on hard drive. I installed VS successfully, even though this alone ate up 8gb of space?? Then I had to install 2 missing components after I opened VS, and that installation was unsuccessful because the error message said I needed yet another 4gb more of space that I no longer had. I am confused because the syllabus said only 4gb of space is needed for VS 2015, NOT 12gb total.
I have tried deleting temporary files, other unused apps, and even reset the laptop to factory mode, all to no avail. Do I just need a better laptop to download software designed for programming?