Are/Were you using Win2K on a laptop? How did you overcome the lack of ClearType? In my case, the hardware support and software support was present, and the system did everything I needed to, but the lack of ClearType made it rather unpleasant.
I managed to trim XP down to a reasonable 150MB (on CD) and 350MB (installed - minus the pagefile) using nlite and am back to Win2K levels of performance (higher even! :) and all the features I need are present. (Plus a lot more of my RAM is free for caches or firefox).