This is a sort of niche problem, but I figured I'd ask.
There are two official MS alternatives for this kind of application: Windows NT Embedded, and Windows XP Embedded. I know of no such officially sanctioned alternative for the 16-bit-compliant Win 9x/ME family. I suspect that stripped Win 9x would be a do it yourself hackfest, unless I am grossly misinformed.
Thanks. I wasn't aware that Micorsoft actually supported this kind of thing. I thought they left it up to 3rd party vendors entirely to figure out.
You might want to take a look at www.litepc.com . The stripped down Win9x you've heard about comes from there. I've used the 98lite product in the past and had suprisingly good results. The other option to look at is WinPE. This is based on the XP kernel but allows a lot of modification and customization. If you're a big Microsoft OEM customer you probably get the OPK (oem preinstallation kit) that I believe includes WinPE. Otherwise there is a project out there to custom-create WinPE but it ran into some legal difficulties. The author promises to fix all legal complications in the next version however. The interim page is at www.nu2.nu/pebuilder .
You mean without a browser? NOT POSSIBLE!
I know about 98lite. There's still a free version called 98 preview. It does everything but go the last mile to "micro" install.
I presume you are being sarcastic Nat. It was clearly proved that IE could be removed from Win 98 with no deleterious effect.
I don't want to get flamed, but you could consider Linux desktops. They're cheap, configurable, and easy to lock down. You did not specify which apps you needed to run. There are many Linux apps that might meet your basic Window users' needs. Or you could explore CodeWeaver's CrossOver plugin to run Windows apps using WINE.
It's for recording audio, and we've chosen our program.
Just to mention:
I've seen the "3.1 on a floppy" but that's just a bit beyond what we're trying to accomplish.
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