Originally Posted by tentonine
To see which services are currently running, you can use autoruns from http://www.sysinternals.com.
Just uncheck the box to stop a service from loading (note: for the settings to take effect, remember to restart Media Direct rather than just going into hibernate).
About network drives. I think that, if you map a network drive, it will probably show up in Media Experience. If it doesn't, let me know and I will advise on a registry setting that might fix that.
If you do decide to do this, I suggest that you use a firewall to block all ports except for those needed for file sharing across your network - I think internet access is a bad idea because it is almost certain that you will eventually get viruses/spyware, etc without any Windows updates (any Windows Updates almost defeat the point of this partition - if you have to worry about updating it and restarting it, there is no time saved from not loading up your normal Windows XP installation).