Are there benchmarks of an optimized Windows 7 install versus a "stock" Windows 7 install? I've been optimizing and tweaking my Windows since the days of 98lite. Removing IE and a bunch of tacked on MSFT stuff helped stablized Win98 a lot. Then I moved onto 2000lite and XPlite. XP support is ending soon so I'm using Windows 7 but hard drives now are really cheap so storage cost savings are minimal. And is it worth the time and effort to learn and test every component/service to remove? Is there any solid evidence of a tweaked Windows 7 install being more stable, faster, etc... than a normal, clean Windows 7 install?