I received an e-mail that finally points me to a source for
Embedded XP, I always thought it was only available for huge
volumes via special channels. Embedded XP is a way of
scaling down the full XP installation with all components to
just the ones which are needed by a given set of programs.

This sounds like the thing we are looking for, somehow.

As I know that some here enjoy experimenting with
re-formatting and installing, if you are interested in
evaluating this possibility for everyone's benefit, please
drop me a line. It appears an evaluation version can be
downloaded for a 120 day trial. I am going to try to fit
this in with my daily routine, but some assistance would be