As you can see, my SSD is not huge by any means. I have tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate on a few different machines (including this one), and it uses around 50 gb! I have no idea how it manages to consume 50 gb of my 128gb SSD considering the install is coming from only a 4.7 gb DVD. I am looking to reduce the install size of Windows 7, using either professional or ultimate. I use very few features in Windows 7, and I would be completely content with windows 7 basic, but it cannot utilize all of my RAM.
If anyone can suggest ways to reduce this install size. I do not really know the feature differences between ultimate and professional, but I am pretty sure I would not use them. Does professional use a smaller kernel size, or should I stick with ultimate? Is there actually a way to strip down features (that i will never ever use)? If there is a way, is this strip down during installation or after? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am not necessarily looking for a quick and easy fix to this. If it means getting my hand dirty with some hax, that is fine too.