This thread is a great resource:
Tweaking XP for Faster Boot Times
My raw xp installation, with all the stuff that I didn't need not installed ran to about 1.08Gb.
I like the idea of a CF card driven boot drive, but there is no way that I'm buying an IBM micro drive to do it.
For those Australians that are looking at a CF boot drive, have a look at Flashmemory.com.au
Fellow geeks, what's your smallest xp install? How did you acheive it? What were the tricks for un-installing crap like movie maker?
using a microdrive would kinda defeat the whole purpose of a CF boot :P
IN DEVELOPMENT -- '96 Mustang, lilliput with PII/450 laptop, custom DC-DC power supply, 60GB; Garmin GPS; 802.11g; compact keyboard, small graphical LCDs, OBDII.
This is slightly off topic so flame away if you must.
I have an Advantech 5820L 3.5 SBC with a CompactFlash slot wired to an IDE channel and an 128MB card in the slot. This past week I built a Linux kernel w/support for all the board features and a shell that fits on a floppy. True, there is still more software needed to playback music, but I am very confident you could fit all you needed on one of those 4 or 8MB flash cards you get w/a digital camera. Oh, I almost forgot, it takes just shy of 10 sec. to boot.