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    Removing Windows Bloat (Windows XP Pro SP3)

    The time has come to create a slipstream CD to include SP3. I have old apps that are not compatible with Vista and I don't intend to invest in newer versions; so please don't suggest or try to convince me to to move on up.

    I have several questions.

    First, can I burn the resulting slipped data on a DVD instead of a CD? Will it matter at all? If so, why?

    Second, after hearing and reading so much about the "bloat" in Windows, I was wondering what you would recommend that I leave out as I create the new disk? I will use nLite. In the past I've excluded most of the keyboard data for languages that I never use. What are other good candidates? Is it easy to identify them for exclusion in the nLite process?

    The reason for being concerned about bloat is that I will be running on a 1.8GHz laptop with 2GB RAM and only 160 GB of hard drive space. I want the os to load as quickly as possible and use as few resources as possible (but I'm not a candidate for a Linux install . . . yet.)


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    Re: Removing Windows Bloat (Windows XP Pro SP3)

    There is not reason you can't use a DVD but also not reason to use one. I'd not remove anything. That way if you decide to install it later it is already on the CD/DVD. IMO, the 'bloat' in Windows is way overblown. You can customize the Windows installation by uninstalling various features. It just isn't worth the effort to identify 'stuff' to not put on the CD. I've got several relatively loaded XP SP-3 systems whose boot partitions are not larger than 20GB and none has more than 15GB used. I'll not go into details other than I did not uninstall any Windows components and I do have Office 2003 professional installed plus other application software. So, a 160GB disk should be plenty depending on the amount of data you have.

    If you are concerned about boot times you are better off using a tool such as the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> AutoRuns for Windows utility to detect and manage you startup programs. You can also use a utility such as the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> r2 Studios - StartUp Delayer to control the order and timing of your startup applications.

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    Re: Removing Windows Bloat (Windows XP Pro SP3)

    Hello, I'm thinking of doing something similar to you. I used nlite years ago to install my current XP SP2 system. At that time I got rid of windows messenger, windows media player and outlook express, all programs I had no intention of running. I did consider getting rid of Internet Explorer since I don't use that either, but kept it., feeling to do so I might break things. Just after XP3 came out I tried to install it. I did so but discovered a problem - I was unable to open add/remove programs. So I went back to SP2. I had a look at nlite integrated with XP3. It is fairly easy to exclude things, especially languages, though I didn't find anything about Windows Messenger. nlite also has lots of extra tweaks that are settable, and that can be a problem. I experimented with a heavily tweaked setup and installed it. I wasn't happy with the result so I will need to try again. I think nlite is useful if you really know what you are doing as regards tweaking or have a lot of time to experiment and have a reliable disc image restore system to get out of trouble. However, I am currently wondering how much time I really want to invest in paring down XP SP3. My main reason for doing a complete system install has more to do with creating a brand new clean ship than savaging windows. My wife has a bog standard version of Windows XP home installed on her computer, has done no tweaking at all and her computer is hardly slower than mine with comparable operations. So is it really worth the time to tweak? I'm less sure than I was <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.

    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Removing Windows Bloat (Windows XP Pro SP3)

    Thanks for the responses!

    I guess that it's not as simple to make windows smaller as I thought. I guess I'll just add the SP3 to the slipstream without trying to make windows smaller. The tip for software that will allow me to control startup sequences will be very handy.

    Thanks again!

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