Recently I was in the speakers’ room at the MSDN Dev Confernece complaining to my friends who work for Microsoft that the OS is way too bloated. Windows 7 is an improvement over Vista, but its not enough. I would like a total rebuild from the ground up with significantly less code. One rebuttle is that Microsoft’s promise to its customers of backward compatabilitty makes it difficult. Apple managed to do it with OSX (mind you it took them over a decade after they brough Jobs back and used the NextStep OS base to rebuild Mac OS.) Anyway….
It looks like the answer to my dreams may not be far off. Check this article out about MinWin. Windows with "no dependencies, bootable, application-ready, and altogether about 25MB," according to this article on CrunchGear!