Can I or should I re-learn and apply sysprep methods to shrink the actual Disk size of a Windows 7 64 bit Professional installation?
Not just to turn things on or off or set policies or setup the system, solely for the purpose of never having installed certain items (in whole), including the ability to "turn them on"?
Is sysprep no longer useful for full removal of items including their install parts?
As we all know, with XP, system would ASK during install if you wanted various things installed or not. Out of desperation prior to the existence of XPlite we as Users made use of sysprep to have an even more reduced install, because sysprep allowed us to exclude things. Because they were never installed ever, it worked pretty well.
With sysprep, we would create, then edit "unattended instalation scripts", even though we did not use them for unattended installs, we used them to set what program packages would be installed. The scripts would be called up from a Floppy disk, during a normal user install.
My DVD of windows 7 64bit with SP1 did not ask to install or remove anything. And (as we know) everything is put on the disk installed or not, it can be "turned on".
I am asking to see if deployers install the system with the whole wad, even after spending efforts creating deployments with sysprep or other things I do not know about?
I have Windows 7 Professional, so I could have 2-3 features that I will probably need some day (versus home). But I don't run a website, have users, set up an FTP, or any of the features that a pro network admin might need, I am just a user.