I never said Microsoft should allow you to "strip down the OS to nothing"
and I have no problem with it using however much RAM it wants to use...that's what the RAM is there for. It's not about disabling Aero and things like that to gain a few fractions of a percent more performance either...I agree, that's just silly (and I LIKE the Aero look and other eyecandy btw).
I'm simply saying that all the OS components are way too interconnected and it should be easier
to choose what you want and what you don't want. And this is strictly for power users who know the possible consequences and can fix a problem by re-adding a component they thought they didn't need. I just don't understand why MS has to make it harder for them
while making things easy for the average consumer. That is all...
For example, why aren't there simple uninstall options for Windows DVD Maker or Windows Mail or Windows Defender (none of which I use)? And why must I keep copies of a ton of things I'll never use in the winsxs cache, for example all the games or the sample music and video clips? I appreciate the convenience of not having to insert the Windows install DVD everytime Windows needs something that isn't currently installed, but I would gladly have it ask for the DVD instead of being forced through MS' design
to keep that huge winsxs folder on my harddisk if I could. They simply don't allow you to do that.
(I know of course that winsxs isn't a simple backup, but also MS' answer to DLL hell by managing multiple versions of specific DLLs. But it's ALSO being used as a complete database of all Windows features from all editions of Windows
What about the IME input methods for Korean and Japanese and what-not that I'll never need? Microsoft speech lexicons for British English when all I use is American English? All this is just unused dead weight, and dead weight bothers me by principle though I realize that in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter that much.
I once removed all the printer and modem drivers from \Windows\system32\DriverStore since I'll never use them (but backed them up first) - and I figure that Windows will simply download any driver I need in the future online. Turns out I started having all kinds of problems that didn't even have anything to do with modems or printers. Only when I restored the backup things would be perfectly fine again. That doesn't make sense to me.
...I know this seems like a long rant, but it isn't really intended as such. I just tried to come up with as many examples as I could to make my point. Not trying to argue anything forcefully