Everybody knows that Windows comes packed with several applications that you never use, simply because they are not efficient enough or simply because they are of no interest to you. Either way, they files take up space from your hard drive and they might even be loaded in certain situations as default by Windows. The worst part of it all is the fact that you can’t uninstall them using typical means, such as Control Panel or dedicated uninstaller applications. This is the exact reason why developers started to come up with tools that can permanently remove these Windows components. A good example of such an application is nLite which allows you to create a custom-made Windows ISO that includes only the elements you prefer. nLite is a wizard-like application that helps you get rid of those unnecessary Windows elements once and for all. All you need to have at hand is the Windows installation CD. The first step is to choose the task you want to perform, such as add certain drivers, update packs and hotfixes, configure the tweaks you want to integrate to the ISO or simply create a bootable image. The second step allows users to set up the unattended installation mode by entering the user name, product key, preferred resolution, and even the desktop theme. Due to the nature of this software, it is best if it is operated by computer-savvy users, since removing various items might result in creating a non-functional ISO image. Assuming all the steps were followed correctly, the generated bootable ISO can be used by any beginner to install their new OS without any additional input. All the stages are explained clearly, so no issues should arise. You may get lost in the process every now and then, especially if you’re not an experienced user, but nLite is definitely one of the best choices you can make for coming up with a customized OS..
nLite is a GUI that enables you to permanently remove Windows components of your choice from Windows XP, 2000 or 2003. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on CD or testing in virtual machines. With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install doesn’t include, or even contain on cd, unwanted components. Mainly, it’s a little bit of a slipstreamer, customizer, reducer and iso creator all in one package. Quick overview : 1. Slipstream – After you extract it to any folder and ran it, you can browse and point to folder on hard drive which contains your Windows installation. If you pointed to right folder with i386 in it and Windows id files, nLite will detect if you have already slipstreamed SP1 or SP2, and if not it will change Browse button to Slipstream, when pressed it asks for Service Pack installation file (or update.exe if you extracted it). Then it Slipstreams it passively. Or you can configure your existing version without slipstreaming. 2. Customize/Reduce – Choose which components to remove from your Windows installation permanently. It’s version independent, it’s possible because I’m not using filelists, well, allmost. There is only an inf-filelist which then gets parsed for used files, so ~95% of file names are automatically generated from your own inf’s. The other 5% are manually added. Most likely nLite will work with future versions of Windows XP without any problem. 3. Advanced Options – Make sure to keep Data directory with nLite and all the files in it unrenamed. Added automatic hacking of syssetup.dll for OOBE disabling (if you choose to remove it, this will not crack Activation). SFC is entirely disabled too simply by copying hacked dll from Data and adjusting registry. Many options to add in the future, priority so far was on reduction issues. 4. Make ISO – This section is using external file datacdimage.exe which I believe don’t need introducing. When reduction process finishes you can copy additional files to installation directory and then press Make ISO, it will ask you for desired ISO name and location.Here are some key features of “nLite”: · Service Pack Integration · Component Removal · Unattended Setup · Driver Integration · Hotfixes Integration · Tweaks · Patches · Bootable ISO creation Requirements: · You need .NET Framework 1.1 in order to run it. What’s New · upd: 7z.exe to 9.20 · upd: Added a warning if ISO creation was skipped · upd: Added a warning about KB2686509 compatibility with tweaks and removals
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