IMO, start with what you have and eliminate those you find unnecessary. You might find the information in this forum "link" helpful.
As per my post on partitioning, the reason I am doing this is so that i can have only the files and processes I require on each partiton for the stuff I am working on at the time being it WORK, Games ,apps, testing.
This in theory should make the system faster and lessed clogged up, easier to manage (apart from having to run updates for each partition)and if required i can just restore the current setup for each partition.
Now the actual question.
What Can I delete in the way of files and processes to ensure that I have a nice fast system?
For example I don't want any processes running in the background when I am playing games.
I think I just need to know the files and processes that I must not remove that are essential to XP working. As I have a good idea of what I can get rid of.i.e I don't need DHCP running if I am not using it etc.
Any ideas would be great.
I also want to try out Linnux as I am sure that this will give me what I want.