I have used nLite slim down XP and installed in my EEE. I'm posting the step by step instructions here to share my experience. After installation, XP take about 687M SSD, this is the best result I can get so far. And this includes hotfixes and few addon softwares includes Windows Media Player 10. I also installed Office 2003 and Divx, didn't get any issue, so far so good.
I'm not a XP expert. All options that removed are based on my limited knowledge. Some options removal may be wrong. You are welcome to point out for discussion.
Here is the steps:
1. Download nLite from http://www.nliteos.com/download.html . I'm using version 1.4.
2. Download hotfixes from http://www.nliteos.com/addons/. I'm using "Xable's XP post SP2 lite update pack". The direct download link is http://udp.xable.net...ePack_v126.96.36.199z .
3. Also you can find a lot of addons in http://www.nliteos.com/addons/. For more addons, you can find them from here http://www.winaddons.com/.
4. Install nLite.
5. Create a folder and copy XP installation files (everything) from CD to that folder.
6. Run nLite, in the welcome window, click Next to Locating the Windows installation window. Click Browse button to locate the folder that you created. Click Next, nLite will check the Windows version infomations.
7. Click Next to Preset window. In the first run, you don't have any preset ini files. It will show empty here. Click Next.
8. In Task Selection window, select all except Service Pack and Drivers. Because we don't have any service pack that newer than sp2. If you select driver, nLite can embed the drivers into XP installation. I think it is not good idea to add EEE drivers into XP installation, because we need run ACPI before install EEE drivers.
9. Click Next to Hotfixes, Addons and Update Packs window. Click insert to insert hotfixes and addons. I didn't add Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Live Messenger and Divx addons, somehow these don't work well for me.
10. Click Next to Components window, and popup Compatibility window. This is just for preventing accident remove some important components for selected function. Don't need select anything and click OK.
11. In Components window, you can select the listed items that you feel don't need for EEE.
Here is my selections:
I think Defragmenter is no use for 4G SSD, but I keep Defragmenter anyway, no biggee.
Select all to remove cause we have EEE driver CD.
If you need IME, you need keep the keyboard that you need. Select all to remove except what you need.
Select all to remove except the language that you need. In my case, I keep Simplified Chinese.
I kept windows messengers casue Live messenger has annoying ad bars. It is not good for 800x480.
Operating System Options:
12. Click Next to Unattended window. In General tag, put you XP serial number here, then it will not ask for it during installation. Also, check Turn off Hibernate.
Owner and Network ID tag:
Desktop themes tag:
For other tags, you can leave as is.
13. Click Next to Options window. In general tag, don't need change anything.
In Patches tag, choose Disable SFC.
14. Chick Next to Tweaks window.
Here are my settings in General tag:
Boot and Shutdown:
My Computer and Network
Windows Media Player:
I didn't change anything in Services tag:
15. Click Next, nLite will process changes base on these customization.
It will take a while. After it is done, it shows the new installation files size.
16. Click Next to Bootable ISO window. Click Make ISO button to generate ISO file.
17. Use Nero to burn ISO file, and then you are ready to install Windows XP for EEE.
Edited by torowl, 14 November 2007 - 05:58 AM.