Remove Unnecessary Devices to Optimize Footprint

The footprint of a run-time image can be reduced by removing unnecessary components from each macro component in a configuration.

The devices you choose to support significantly impact footprint. If you want the smallest footprint possible, begin by including in your configuration only the devices that are necessary to boot your run-time image. Using Target Designer, you can disable or delete components. The disable feature is useful because disabled components remain visible, though in gray text, reminding you that the hardware can be enabled later. After verifying that your image boots properly, enable additional devices one at a time so that you can observe how each device impacts footprint. You do not have to include device drivers in your configuration for all hardware devices that are present on your target system.

In This Section

Required Hardware Components
Describes the hardware components that must be included in every run-time image.
Remove Audio Components
Describes the audio components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Indexing Service Components
Describes the Indexing Service components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Internet Explorer Components
Describes the Internet Explorer that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Legacy Device Components
Describes the legacy components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove QoS Components
Describes the QoS components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Terminal Services Components
Describes the Terminal Services components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove USB Components
Describes the USB components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Volume and Logical Disk Manager Components
Describes the volume and Logical Disk Manager components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove WAN Miniports and RAS Components
Describes the WAN Miniport and RAS components that you can remove from your configuration.
Remove Windows Firewall and Internet Connection Sharing Components
Describes the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) component that you can remove from your configuration.

Related Sections

Footprint
Describes run-time image size and various options for reducing footprint during the development of a configuration.
Required Hardware Components
Describes the hardware components that are required for all run-time images.

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