I like Media Center and Ive done a few posts on it now. I am running Vista's Media Centre version now and I do several things to it to make sure it runs fit for purpose as a Media Centre.
Heres my assumptions:
1. I want to watch DVB-T (digital TV) on it
2. I want to watch DivX shows on it
3. I may every now and then download stuff to it from the internet
4. I dont want to type documents on it, print stuff from it or scan/fax anything or generally use it as a desktop PC.
Heres what I uninstall:
Im unlikely to use any of these on it and they can be found under "Programs and Features" and then under "Turn Windows Features on or off"
Heres what I disable in services:
Once these are all done it drops the memory right down - to about 400-500 MB. I then set MCE to start straight away. Certainly makes it snappier and removes stuff that doesnt need to be there for an MCE box. The other things Ive done are:
Hope this helps - any other suggestions for what might help?