The size of a run-time image is called the footprint. The components that are chosen for a run-time image and their associated dependencies significantly impact the footprint. To reduce the footprint of a run-time image, add only the components that are required for a target device. A small footprint will allow a run-time image to be deployed onto hardware with memory or hard disk size restrictions. The footprint of a bootable run-time image may range from less than 5 MB to more than 300 MB.

Windows XP Embedded publishes run-time image sizes both before and after First Boot Agent (FBA) runs. The footprint is estimated for NTFS file systems.

In This Section

Footprint Reduction Design Considerations
Describes considerations to make when you reduce the footprint of your run-time image.
Baseline Configurations
Describes how to create a minimal, baseline configuration.
Remove Unnecessary Devices to Optimize Footprint
Describes the components you can remove from a run-time image.
Compressing NTFS Filesystems
Describes how to reduce footprint by compressing an NTFS file system.

Related Sections

Design a Run-Time Image
Describes the design phase of the development process. During this phase you can choose the components and resources required for your run-time image.

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