What kind of tweaks?well I removed Windows Media Player (you can remove IE as well, but that seems risky to me)
IE is normally removed from my nlite install and has been for at least 2 years. NOTE: You can generally remove IE but not IE Core.
The only problem I have ever seen by doing this was those programs too stupid to use the default system browser and were hardcoded for IE......those programs don't live long on my system, usually a matter of minutes.
This problem becomes even more exasperated when you don't have a defined default system browser, (eg. I only use Portable Firefox), you soon strike quite few more stupid programs that don't just say to the system, "Here's a URL link, do something with it."
But the number of problems it has bypassed by having no browser as far the system is concerned has made it worthwhile to me.
How can yet another "toolbar" be installed into your browser when you have none?
I really hate the default xp theme so I removed that (I know it wasnt necessary to actually remove it but I enjoyed that )
I use the LE5 theme in Black Compact by default but sometimes I'll switch to Codename Opus in Dusk Compact.
I set it up so as on start that it would logon directly (probably not secure but ..)
That method is as secure as your house is, so there's nothing wrong with it. If you don't trust the people in your house then you have a problem.
Attached is the latest nlite session file I've just done, (ie. yesterday), not as drastic as I usually do but still enough to get the XP Pro SP3 install disk down to 333MB.
NOTE: It's designed for a single user system so some functionality regarding multiuser environment has been removed, eg. there is no "Run As" on program context menus.
There are themes integrated that you probably don't have, (including the two mentioned above), so you'll need to go to that section of nlite and remove them.
I'm not into all the Eye Candy animation crap that XP provided, (otherwise known as W@nk Factor ), so almost all of that is disabled except for menu/mouse/icon text shadows.
Also, if you're not using XP Pro SP3 as the base then quite a few other components won't apply but it should give a decent basis for what you could do.
It should give an XP that will install and work.
No browser, (since I use Portable Firefox from another partition), still has OE although I usually remove that, (I use Portable Thunderbird), no drivers for hardware other than CPU and basic IDE, (most SATA can be put into IDE mode until drivers are loaded to provide added functionality, ie. AHCI and RAID), since I integrate drivers for my hardware at a later stage.
If you want an install CD that has drivers for just about any hardware you use, then visit DriverPacks and integrate the LAN, WLAN, Mass Storage, Chipset and CPU. Add in the Graphics and Sound if you really want a "no-post-install-driver-experience" but it will blow out the size of the install CD somewhat.