I'm trying to reduce the start up time of a Windows 2k8 R2 Core installation and I was wondering if the GUI can be removed to return windows to a DOS type envrionment at the console. Why would I want this? Simple: Load time. I want the shortest load time possible. I've already considered network booting from ramdisks as a solution to speed the boot time however, I figure that having less to boot would be the best choice.
Core is as thin as you can get the Windows 2008 R2 OS without disabling services that likely won't affect your boot time. Things you can do to speed boot time: