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looking to considerably shrink the size of XP SP2 install

by cudaboy_71 / January 27, 2008 8:05 AM PST

i have a 6gb partition i need to install XP SP2 onto for a dedicated kiosk application (and, yes i'm stuck with the 6gb size--larger drives/partitions are not an option here). however, after windows is done dumping its files on the partition during a basic installation i'm only left with 300mb free. i need to conserve every possible MB possible---ideally, i'd like to have 1-2gb free.

does anyone know of a guide that will allow the removal of non-essential components?

i've already manually deleted the $Uninstall$ files, and have cherry picked out some multimedia files. but, that only freed up about 60mb.

what i'm after is either a laundry list of items i can safely delete, or a piece of freeware/shareware (<$30) that will clean out the system.


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Delete the i386 folder...
by John.Wilkinson / January 27, 2008 8:15 AM PST

Doing so will mean you'll need to insert the XP CD every time you add new hardware, but it will save you quite a bit of space. Worthy trade-off in this situation.


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by cudaboy_71 / January 27, 2008 8:19 AM PST

that may be quite helpful. since this is a kiosk, there will be no new hardware to install without a technician anyway.

keep other ideas coming. i'd still like to know what is essential and what is not to the system.

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Just use Embedded XP next time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 8:28 AM PST

It shrinks to just a few megabytes and then whatever size of your application. Price is comparable to retail XP or less.

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Use i386 folder and make a copy of XP using nLite.
by JimmyCarter / January 27, 2008 8:38 AM PST

Use the i386 folder or your XP CD and make a copy of XP using nLite.
It will be much much smaller... include SP2 in the iso.

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by Amos16 / January 28, 2008 2:35 AM PST

Hello - is supposed to do just what you are asking for. Try it and let us know - Amos

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