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    I just ordered a scan cable for my computer. I'm getting a used laptop that has XP on it for free basically; only coming with the power cable. I want to basically strip XP down so everything I don't need is removed. The laptop will be solely for car scanning/tuning, taking notes of said scans/tunes, and web-browsing for troubleshooting. I'm buying a wireless card for it, so I can get onto my network from my driveway. I've looked into TinyXP, nLite, etc etc, but they all require a Windows disk. I don't have one, just the previously installed OS on the system; I'm not even sure if it has a CD Burner to create a back-up ISO. Any tips/advice/programs to minimize load times and get rid of unnecessary utilities?
    1997 3.8L M5 Camaro: Too many mods :evil:
    235RWHP/232RWTQ

  • #2
    TinyXp Doesn't need a disc, you just download it and install it like you would normally except you do not need a serial number.

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    • #3
      1 - Add/Remove Programs
      2 - MSCONFIG
      3 - Computer Management console
      4 - Regedit (tread VERY lightly there, and then ONLY if you know what you're doing!)
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



      Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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      • #4
        Alright, I'm downloading TinyXP. If that doesn't work, I'll just clean everything up lke Darque recommended.
        1997 3.8L M5 Camaro: Too many mods :evil:
        235RWHP/232RWTQ

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        • #5
          or, you could leave it alone and see if it meets your needs....
          TruckinMP3
          D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

          Yes, you should search... and Yes, It has been covered before!

          Read the FAQ!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
            or, you could leave it alone and see if it meets your needs....
            It's my g/f's old Laptop. HP, IIRC. Anyways, the boot time for it is horribly long, and I've tried cleaning it up best I could without removing her necessary programs. She got a new one, so she said I can have this one. Like I said, I just want it to do the listed stuff and do it all quickly. I already have the necessary programs, and 2 other laptops and a desktop, so I won't be losing anything. I want this to be a portable scanner basically, with a few extra troubleshooting/logging features; take it to a buddy's house and scan his car, and then troubleshoot online why it's acting the way it is, etc etc, and having to wait 2-3 minutes just for it to boot every time will become annoying and quick.
            1997 3.8L M5 Camaro: Too many mods :evil:
            235RWHP/232RWTQ

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            • #7
              in case its of use to anyone else with the same idea...

              theres always these people

              http://www.litepc.com/

              sorry to bring up an old thread! plus isn't tiny xp just a pirated stripped down xp? not sure how this forum responds to such things...

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