This article from lifehacker explains how to remove unnecessary components of your WinXP installation cd. This allows you to install WinXP on older hardware or virtual machines where resources are sometimes lacking. They also mention an application to trim down existing installations of WinXP. I’m trying it out on one of my existing virtual machines and will blog later on my findings.
What I found was very interesting, at the end of the form element there seemed to be over 5 MS word documents “attached”. I also found some weird fields that seem to be stuff attached to the form also. Using the technique described in Make a Notes view list design elements I created an agent to create a view to show the form element, then I created an action to delete the weird fields from the form. As soon as I ran that action and compacted the template it went down to 30MB.
I for one have never seen this situation before, have any of you ran into something similar? What was the cause?