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    Maximum Bitrate knubile's Avatar
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    Super small XP install

    Usng nlite, winlogin and EWF, I've managed to get my system stable with no pagefile or hyberfil.sys. The OS image is almost 1G though.
    I read some people had really small images. How did you pull this off?
    I see almost 300megs of dll and exe files in the windows system32 folder. Is there anything there that can be safely removed?

    Can anybody provide some insight?

    Thanks

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    I just went real quick through the wizard and removed as much as I could. One thing I removed was network drivers since I then installed the VIA driver update anyways. Try doing that. Just remove as many drivers as possible, plus read through the nLite forums (I found a few things in there), and don't forget OEMBIOS after the minlogon mod. I also removed all the languages besides english. My system is 830 with the hibernation file and no pagefile. I could do more, I'm sure, but I don't really need to at this point.

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    Ya I did all that. 830 with a hibernation file is about the same size that I'm down to.
    I read some guy had his install down to 380mb. That's a BIG difference. Add a hibernation file and your still around 500-600 megs. I wonder how he/she got rid of a whole 200 more megs.

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    Is this so winxp will run faster? Or are you trying to boot off of a digital media card (or some other low space media)?

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    Oh, I forgot to mention that my hibernation file is for a 512mb ram system, so my install is about the same. 830mb total - 447mb hiberfil.sys = 383mb XP. So I could potentially run it off a 512MB card if I decide not to use hibernation, but I already bought the 1GB card anyway.

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    I'm trying to run off a compact flash card.
    Sfiorito. Can you provide some more info on how you got it that small? My xp install is around 500megs. Did you just use the nLite "lite" preset and remove network drivers?
    Did you delete anything after the install? I must be missing something big here. About 200megs big!

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    My nLite XPSP2 install was ~380-400MB stock w/o a hiberfile. With a bit more after install tweaking, I'm sure it could be made smaller -- it just depends on what system interfaces and services you need and/or expect to work.

    Here's my settings.ini file from nLite.
    Code:
    [Main]
    Version = 0.99.4 beta 2
    Framework = 1.1.4322.2032
    Target = Windows XP Professional SP2 - build 2180
    
    [Pages]
    Service Pack Integration
    Components Removal
    Unattended Setup
    Options
    Bootable ISO Image
    
    [Components]
    Accessibility Options
    Briefcase
    Calculator
    Charmap
    Defragmenter
    Games
    Internet Games
    Pinball
    Screensavers
    Wordpad
    Battery
    Bluetooth Support
    Cameras and Camcorders
    Display Adapters
    Toshiba DVD decoder card
    Firewire (1394)
    IBM Thinkpad
    InfraRed
    ISDN
    Modems
    MultiFunctional
    Multi-port serial adapters
    Portable Audio
    Printers
    Scanners
    SCSI
    Smartcards
    Wireless Ethernet (WLAN)
    Communication tools
    FrontPage Extensions
    Internet Information Services
    NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Protocol
    Internet Printing
    Windows Messenger
    MSN Explorer
    Netmeeting
    Network Monitor
    NetShell Cmd-Tool
    Client for Netware Networks
    Outlook Express
    Peer-to-Peer
    Synchronization Manager
    Tcp/Ip Version 6
    Web Folders
    Arabic
    Baltic
    Central Europe
    Chinese Simplified
    Chinese Traditional
    Cyrillic
    Georgian
    Greek
    Hebrew
    Indian
    Japanese
    Korean
    Thai
    Turkish
    Vietnamese
    Multilanguage Support (LANG dir)
    Service Pack Messages
    Images and Backgrounds
    Luna Theme
    Media Center
    Mouse Cursors
    Movie Maker
    Music Samples
    Old CDPlayer and Sound Recorder
    Paint
    MIDI audio support
    Speech Support
    Tablet PC
    Windows Sounds
    Windows Media Player
    Administrator VB scripts
    Disk Cleanup
    DR Watson
    File and Settings Wizard
    Framework
    Help
    Manual Install and Upgrade
    MS Agent
    Out of Box Experience
    Search Assistant
    Security Center
    Shell Media Handler
    Task Scheduler
    Tour
    Web View
    Alerter
    Application Layer Gateway
    ClipBook
    CTF Loader
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Error Reporting
    Fax Services
    Imapi
    Indexing Service
    Messenger
    Performance Logs and Alerts
    Remote Registry
    Removable Storage
    Secondary Logon
    SNMP
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Service Advertising Protocol
    System Restore
    Telnet Server
    Terminal Services
    Uninterruptible Power Supply
    Universal Plug and Play
    Volume Shadow Copy
    WebClient
    Windows Time
    Wireless Zero Configuration
    docs
    support
    valueadd
    
    [KeepFiles]
    msconfig.exe
    scrnsave.scr
    
    [RemoveFiles]
    
    [Options]
    ProfilesDir = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"
    isomaker = -volid "WinLite" -allow-multidot -relaxed-filenames -allow-leading-dots -N -l -d -D -joliet-long -duplicates-once -no-emul-boot -b boot.bin -hide boot.bin -hide boot.catalog

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    Any idea which component is needed for OLE database support? My last attempt killed FrodoPlayer and centrafuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knubile
    Ya I did all that. 830 with a hibernation file is about the same size that I'm down to.
    I read some guy had his install down to 380mb. That's a BIG difference. Add a hibernation file and your still around 500-600 megs. I wonder how he/she got rid of a whole 200 more megs.
    That guy is probably me. Indeed, diference is hiberfill.sys as I do not use hibernation, so I could get rid of it. However, my curent WinXP is 280 MB not 380 MB With IE and .NET only.

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    280! I don't have a hibernate file or pagefile and I'm down to under 400. How are you down to 280?
    Details man. Details!!

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