Reducing 2008 R2 SP Bloat using DISM

I hate bloat, and upgrading 2008 R2 to SP1 certainly introduces some.  Fortunately MS has provided a means for reducing the bloat post service pack application. The process is described in this technet article:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817650(WS.10).aspx

But he crux of it is that you need to run one of the following two commands on the server after you have installed the SP:

  1. To remove the files online, run the following command:

    DISM.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded

  2. To remove the files from an offline image, run the following command:

    DISM.exe /Image:<path_to_offline_image> /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded

  3. After running the command the shell will show a progress bar that will reach 100% after just a minute.  That was not the end of it, however.  At least for me, the command continued to chug along for about two more minutes before finally wrapping things up and returning me to a prompt.

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