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    Creating a streamlined copy of windows XP

    I'm going to be installing Windows XP (w/ SP2) on an Acer Aspire One this weekend and wish to produce a streamlined/optimised version since it's being installed on the 8Gb SSD model via USB.

    I've done the install via USB proceedure before but just used a full copy of windows xp (which I now regret) with this second attempted I'm hoping to better my initial effort.

    I'm looking for info on exactly how I go about stream lining the files I copy across to the USB. Might be doable entirely with the programs used in the Youtube link, but I'm not sure what I should / shouldn't be installing.

    Can anyone shed any light into the process, or link me a pre-slipstreamed version.

    I have an official XP Pro license for this - It's being transferred from an old (retail license) desktop machine.

    Reference notes:
    Installing Additional RAM
    Installing XP via USB Drive
    Installing a 1.8" HDD to replace SSD
    Guide for increasing speed of Windows XP on Aspire One
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    Re: Creating a streamlined copy of windows XP

    Have a look at http://www.nliteos.com/

    That said, i've got a standard XP install onto a 4gb eee - you can reclaim space but deleting the updates from the windows directory and i'm not that keen on stripped down versions of XP because they usually miss something I want. If you do want to do it, it's best to roll your own (nlite) tbh.
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    Re: Creating a streamlined copy of windows XP

    If you were considering using "nlite" to make a slim XP install source, be aware that there are some issues if it will be a member of a domain - I tried a stripped-down nlited version a few days ago and it has problems with freezing when selecting domains in the ctrl-alt-del/password change screens, but a full normal install worked normally.

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