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    What is the definitive strategy for getting XP on a CF drive?

    When I first starting planning out my car computer months ago, there were only a handful of tweaks available: minlogon, EWF, nLite.

    Now there are many more tweaks and tools out there like bootvis, the XP system builder, and all the goodies SFiorito and others have found.

    I'm just curious, what is the best way to go about doing this?

    I haven't used nLite yet, but I assume all I'd have to do is download the "safe nlite config" off this forum, load it up, make an iso, and then use SFiorito's system builder to pull some more stuff out.. is there a "safe config" for this too?

    what about things such as windows updates? When do you install EWF/minlogon, after you install the nlited version of XP?

    do you have to defrag a CF drive? will bootvis improve times? isn't there another file I have to delete to make the OS completely read-only? (i remember discussion about another file you have to remove that gets written to on every bootup or something)

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    New EWF + MinLogon and CF instructions

    You can use XP System Builder to install EWF and minlogon to your CD setup. If you want to use Windows Update then just disable EWF. You can defrag the CF card, but bootvis won't do much since flash has neglible seek times (bootvis rearranges your boot files on the hard drive).

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    yeah, I've read through that thread a bunch, great stuff. Once I start working on all this software stuff, I plan on writing my own "how-to" with all the credit given to you, and all your hardwork and research you put into this

    I can't wait to get started on this stuff, it's very exciting.

    One last question--- What can I do to make sure there is nothing being written to the CF card? I think someone suggest a program (I THINK PC Anywhere, or some virtual PC software) that allows you to monitor disk usage, reads and writes, etc.

    Thanks for all the help and info SFiorito.

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    as long as you have EWF nothing will be written to the disk unless you disable it. to test things out I recommend VirtualPC or VMWare. VirtualPC has a properties screen that shows all writes and reads performed on the IDE channels. that's how I originally confirmed that I had EWF working on XP.

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    The only reason to defrag a drive is to optimize the drive's physical head seek time. You do not need to defrag a CF card because there is no physical read/write head. As its all memory based access all sections can be accessed as fast as all the others. Repeat defraging a CF card will not speed up data access times.

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