Windows Light

Had to get a Windows XP Pro install down to as small as possible to deal with a small hard drive.  The smallest footprint I could get it down to (without going to heroic lengths) was 3.6GB.  This includes all Windows updates through today 3/25/08.  I turned off system restore.  Removed all unneeded Windows programs, and removed the update temp files.  Basically the only thing usable is Internet Explorer 7.

I realize Microsoft’s goal is not efficiency, but compared to Knoppix Linux at less than 650 MB and DSL (Damn Small Linux) at 50 MB; What’s all the bloat?

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