I am currently working on a project where I require PC based control to control a machine. I have chosen to use PC based control, and will probably opt for Windows XP Professional. I was just wondering if you could tell me how to install windows XP without it installing all the little programs associated with it, like notepad and windows media player etc. I want this as I want to install XP on a Flash IDE card if possible, so require minimum installation space. Also, incase a program crashes and disturbs my control of the program I want to focus on. Pretty much I want XP to load, and straight away load into the program I will write, either in C or Visual Basic. I have seen other programs, like 3rd party defrag tools, that run before any of the desktop is loaded, before anything in the start menu has loaded etc. This is what I really want, as the OS loads and doesnt load anything other than the drivers for the PC and say Visual Basic.
Is there an installation extension to do this, or some way to achieve this?
Any help would be appriciated.
I plan on using a small PC, something like a Mini ITX board, probably have 512 of ram, hopefully running off a IDE flash card as the hard drive, with a VIA 1ghz processor or something similar.
Also - is it best to install things like SP2 for something like this? It wont be connected to the internet or anything, it will be a stand alone system, on a factory floor.