|The vast majority of the Media Center components are only loaded if you use Media Center itself, as far as I've seen. Ive installed XP MCE 2005 several times on a friend's computer, have spent many, many hours fiddling with it for her, and I happen to have her computer here right now, and as far as I can tell that's the situation. |
I looked at msconfig - Startup - no obvious Media Center stuff is loading.
I looked in Services - a small number of obvious "Media Center...." Services could be disabled there.
(Control Panel - Classic View - Administrative Tools - Services)
Otherwise there's not much if anything that runs when you're not using Media Center itself.
My friend is disabled and loves Media Center's support of TV Tuners, it's free-to-download local TV listings, and the relatively large text in it. She can't use a regular TV remote anymore - she can only move two fingers - but she's a whiz with a touchpad mouse, and at using a computer.
I lent her a computer I have that has a TV tuner while I'm working on her computer.
Programs that are not running have no effect on the speed of Windows, other than it takes longer to scan the entire C partition with certain programs if there is more data on it.
The only time they or other files may be a problem is when your C drive is too full - that's a common problem with people who use laptops - the real solution is to get a larger hard drive and copy the contents of your entire original hard drive to it, and swap drives.
If you're trying to speed up your computer, getting rid of programs that are not running or other files your not using will only help overall if your C drive is too full as it is now.