The OP needs to be updated. It's almost a year old!
The op has been banned, I...i mean he will not be able to update his thread.
Also if this op was here (theoretically), he would tell you the winning move is not to vlite windows 7.
Ok all joking aside.....
Removing all that junk doesnt make any difference performance wise, it just saves space, but considering were in the age
of $70 1tb harddrives, why does it matter (your typical pc game takes over 10gb of space now....you cant win), you cant crack a fart around windows 7, let alone try to use vlite on it, vlite wasnt designed for 7 and it shows,
Microsoft already stripped 40% of the crap from it, it has no movie maker, you can uninstall ALL of the media options (media center, media player and DVD maker) and you can uninstall IE8. As for winsxs and a few other small things, theres some very unhealthy side effects to deleting those.
While I am flattered that people have used my rough roadmap for their pilgrimage to windows 7 zen, I was going to take it down last year.
Heres what I did to my windows 7, and this is how ive ran it ever since:
*Turned off ALL visual effects in system tab
*made a backup of everything to another drive
*Run disk cleanup, ccleaner daily
*only keep 2 restore points
*uninstalled IE8, media player, media center and dvd maker
*run registry cleaner (ccleaner) once every 2 weeks
and my windows 7 runs perfect (other than a couple of games being fussy...new ones surprisingly...you would figure the old games would act up)
and it runs MUCH faster than my vlited vista sp2 x64,
though I do sorely missed my nlited Windows 2000..........200mb of harddrive space, 16mb ram........
anyways for those who continue to dismantle 7, good luck, i hope my ancient map is still of use to some.