Creating the smallest possible Windows XP Virtual PC image

Jeff Atwood writes in his blog:

Now that Virtual PC is finally free, I’ve become obsessed with producing the smallest possible Windows XP Virtual PC image. It’s quite a challenge, because a default XP install can eat up well over a gigabyte. Once you factor in the swapfile and other overhead, you’re generally talking about around 2-4 gigabytes for relatively simple configurations.

My best result so far, however, is a 641 megabyte virtual machine image of a clean, fully patched Windows XP install. Not bad. And here’s how I did it.

Read on: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000639.html

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