By using nLite.
This is my box.
I have 35 programs installed. I run all the mandatory services.
Everything works perfectly.
Boots in 7 seconds.
I take back what i said, I never new you could get XP to something that low!
Saying that I'm sure that the nLite people would be able to get this new Windows 7, once released, to a simlar state too. Just guessing on that but it's not that far off already!
My vaio laptop, i could actually get it to boot in about 10 seconds when it was vanilla and didnt have all my development apps running (like sql server and biztalk)
Memory Foot print was always around 400mb vanilla, but as i said above i can't see why nLite people couldnt work there magic on it too..
ps. Im actually using my 7 yo sony vaoi with windows 7 now, im really loving it. I can see alot of old vaios getting a second lease of life because of Windows 7.
pps. Readin up on nLite and vLite, im sure they will alow you to customize the OS to a state that will make you happy. The problem with sticking with XP is that the kernel is fundamentally designed for the lowest common denominator of hardware several years
ago, Vista/Windows7/Server2008 makes use of new technology advancements that have come out in the last 2 years like multi-core and multi - processors as well as graphics and memory advancements. These may not be important to you, but they are important to
me and many others. nLite and vLite is just not an option for me, i want a rich OS that runs rich applications, your version of XP just wont allow that!