Question for 'nLite' Users

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Aaron Here, May 17, 2008.

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  1. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

    I'm interested in getting opinions about using nLite to remove unwanted Windows components (resulting in a lighter Windows XP) ...and if doing that actually produces a faster OS.

    Of course, any other observations about using nLite are welcomed.
  2. MikeNAS
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    Here is mine:

    Code:
    [Main]
    Env = 1.4.5 beta 2 - 2.0.50727.42.Microsoft Windows NT 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
    Target = Windows XP Professional SP3 - 5.1.2600.5512 - English (United States)
    
    [Tasks]
    Remove Components
    Unattended Setup
    Tweaks
    Create a Bootable ISO
    Options
    
    [Components]
    ;# Applications #
    Accessibility Options
    Briefcase
    Calculator
    Charmap
    ClipBook Viewer
    Defragmenter
    Games
    Internet Games
    NT Backup
    Paint
    Pinball
    Screensavers
    Wordpad
    ;# Drivers #
    Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
    Cameras and Camcorders
    Display Adapters
    Display Adapters (old)
    Ethernet (LAN)
    IBM PS/2 TrackPoint
    IBM Thinkpad
    ISDN
    Logitech WingMan
    Microsoft SideWinder
    Modems
    Multifunctional
    Portable Audio
    Printers
    Scanners
    SCSI/RAID
    Serial Pen Tablet
    Sony Jog Dial
    Sound Controllers
    Tape drives
    Toshiba DVD decoder card
    Wireless Ethernet (WLAN)
    ;# Hardware Support #
    Brother Devices
    Gravis Digital GamePort
    Iomega Zip drive
    Multi-port serial adapters
    Ramdisk
    Smart Cards
    Teletext codec
    Windows CE USB Host
    ;# Keyboards #
    Albanian keyboard
    Arabic (101) keyboard
    Arabic (102) AZERTY keyboard
    Arabic (102) keyboard
    Armenian Eastern keyboard
    Armenian Western keyboard
    Azeri Cyrillic keyboard
    Azeri Latin keyboard
    Belarusian keyboard
    Belgian (Comma) keyboard
    Belgian (Period) keyboard
    Belgian French keyboard
    Bengali (Inscript) keyboard
    Bengali keyboard
    Bosnian Cyrillic keyboard
    Bosnian keyboard
    Bulgarian (Latin) keyboard
    Bulgarian keyboard
    Canadian French (Legacy) keyboard
    Canadian French keyboard
    Canadian Multilingual Standard keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0 keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - NeiMa keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - QuanPin keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - ShuangPin keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - US Keyboard keyboard
    Chinese (Simplified) - ZhengMa keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Alphanumeric keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Array keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Big5 Code keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - ChangJie keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - DaYi keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - New ChangJie keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Phonetic keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Quick keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - Unicode keyboard
    Chinese (Traditional) - US Keyboard keyboard
    Croatian keyboard
    Czech (QWERTY) keyboard
    Czech keyboard
    Czech Programmers keyboard
    Danish keyboard
    Devanagari - INSCRIPT keyboard
    Divehi Phonetic keyboard
    Divehi Typewriter keyboard
    Dutch keyboard
    Estonian keyboard
    Faeroese keyboard
    Farsi keyboard
    Finnish with Sami keyboard
    French keyboard
    FYRO Macedonian keyboard
    Gaelic keyboard
    Georgian keyboard
    German (IBM) keyboard
    German keyboard
    Greek (220) keyboard
    Greek (220) Latin keyboard
    Greek (319) keyboard
    Greek (319) Latin keyboard
    Greek keyboard
    Greek Latin keyboard
    Greek Polytonic keyboard
    Gujarati keyboard
    Hebrew keyboard
    Hindi Traditional keyboard
    Hungarian 101-key keyboard
    Hungarian keyboard
    Icelandic keyboard
    Inuktitut Latin keyboard
    Irish keyboard
    Italian (142) keyboard
    Italian keyboard
    Japanese Input System (MS-IME2002) keyboard
    Japanese keyboard
    Kannada keyboard
    Kazakh keyboard
    Korean Input System (IME 2000) keyboard
    Korean keyboard
    Kyrgyz Cyrillic keyboard
    Latin American keyboard
    Latvian (QWERTY) keyboard
    Latvian keyboard
    Lithuanian IBM keyboard
    Lithuanian keyboard
    Luxembourgish keyboard
    Malayalam keyboard
    Maltese 47-key keyboard
    Maltese 48-key keyboard
    Maori keyboard
    Marathi keyboard
    Mongolian Cyrillic keyboard
    Nepali keyboard
    Norwegian keyboard
    Norwegian with Sami keyboard
    Pashto keyboard
    Polish (214) keyboard
    Polish (Programmers) keyboard
    Portuguese (Brazilian ABNT) keyboard
    Portuguese (Brazilian ABNT2) keyboard
    Portuguese keyboard
    Punjabi keyboard
    Romanian keyboard
    Russian (Typewriter) keyboard
    Russian keyboard
    Sami Extended Finland-Sweden keyboard
    Sami Extended Norway keyboard
    Serbian (Cyrillic) keyboard
    Serbian (Latin) keyboard
    Slovak (QWERTY) keyboard
    Slovak keyboard
    Slovenian keyboard
    Spanish keyboard
    Spanish Variation keyboard
    Swedish keyboard
    Swedish with Sami keyboard
    Swiss French keyboard
    Swiss German keyboard
    Syriac keyboard
    Syriac Phonetic keyboard
    Tamil keyboard
    Tatar keyboard
    Telugu keyboard
    Thai Kedmanee (non-ShiftLock) keyboard
    Thai Kedmanee keyboard
    Thai Pattachote (non-ShiftLock) keyboard
    Thai Pattachote keyboard
    Turkish F keyboard
    Turkish Q keyboard
    Ukrainian keyboard
    United Kingdom Extended keyboard
    United Kingdom keyboard
    United States-Dvorak for left hand keyboard
    United States-Dvorak for right hand keyboard
    United States-Dvorak keyboard
    United States-International keyboard
    Urdu keyboard
    US English Table for IBM Arabic 238_L keyboard
    Uzbek Cyrillic keyboard
    Vietnamese keyboard
    ;# Languages #
    ;Arabic
    Arabic (Algeria)
    Arabic (Bahrain)
    Arabic (Egypt)
    Arabic (Iraq)
    Arabic (Jordan)
    Arabic (Kuwait)
    Arabic (Lebanon)
    Arabic (Libya)
    Arabic (Morocco)
    Arabic (Oman)
    Arabic (Qatar)
    Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
    Arabic (Syria)
    Arabic (Tunisia)
    Arabic (U.A.E.)
    Arabic (Yemen)
    Divehi (Maldives)
    Pashto
    Syriac (Syria)
    Urdu
    ;Armenian
    Armenian
    ;Baltic
    Estonian
    Latvian
    Lithuanian
    ;Central Europe
    Albanian
    Bosnian (Latin, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Croatian
    Croatian (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Czech
    Hungarian
    Polish
    Romanian
    Serbian (Latin)
    Serbian (Latin, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Slovak
    Slovenian
    ;Cyrillic
    Azeri (Cyrillic)
    Belarusian
    Bosnian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Bulgarian
    FYRO Macedonian
    Kazakh
    Kyrgyz (Kyrgyzstan)
    Mongolian (Mongolia)
    Russian
    Serbian (Cyrillic)
    Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Tatar
    Ukrainian
    Uzbek (Cyrillic)
    ;Georgian
    Georgian
    ;Greek
    Greek
    ;Hebrew
    Hebrew
    ;Indic
    Bengali (India)
    Gujarati (India)
    Hindi
    Kannada (India)
    Konkani
    Malayalam (India)
    Marathi
    Nepali (Nepal)
    Punjabi (India)
    Sanskrit
    Tamil
    Telugu (India)
    ;Japanese
    Japanese
    ;Korean
    Korean
    ;Simplified Chinese
    Chinese (PRC)
    Chinese (Singapore)
    ;Thai
    Farsi
    Thai
    ;Traditional Chinese
    Chinese (Hong Kong S.A.R.)
    Chinese (Macau S.A.R.)
    Chinese (Taiwan)
    ;Turkic
    Azeri (Latin)
    Turkish
    Uzbek (Latin)
    ;Vietnamese
    Vietnamese
    ;Western Europe and United States
    Afrikaans
    Basque
    Catalan
    Danish
    Dutch (Belgium)
    Dutch (Netherlands)
    English (Australia)
    English (Belize)
    English (Canada)
    English (Caribbean)
    English (Ireland)
    English (Jamaica)
    English (New Zealand)
    English (Philippines)
    English (South Africa)
    English (Trinidad)
    English (United Kingdom)
    English (Zimbabwe)
    Faeroese
    Filipino
    Finnish
    French (Belgium)
    French (Canada)
    French (France)
    French (Luxembourg)
    French (Monaco)
    French (Switzerland)
    Frisian
    Galician (Spain)
    German (Austria)
    German (Germany)
    German (Liechtenstein)
    German (Luxembourg)
    German (Switzerland)
    Icelandic
    Indonesian
    Inuktitut (Latin)
    Irish
    Italian (Italy)
    Italian (Switzerland)
    Luxembourgish
    Malay (Brunei Darussalam)
    Malay (Malaysia)
    Maltese
    Maori
    Mapudungun
    Mohawk
    Northern Sotho
    Norwegian (Bokmal)
    Norwegian (Nynorsk)
    Portuguese (Brazil)
    Portuguese (Portugal)
    Quechua (Bolivia)
    Quechua (Ecuador)
    Quechua (Peru)
    Romansh
    Sami, Inari (Finland)
    Sami, Lule (Norway)
    Sami, Lule (Sweden)
    Sami, Northern (Finland)
    Sami, Northern (Norway)
    Sami, Northern (Sweden)
    Sami, Skolt (Finland)
    Sami, Southern (Norway)
    Sami, Southern (Sweden)
    Spanish (Argentina)
    Spanish (Bolivia)
    Spanish (Chile)
    Spanish (Colombia)
    Spanish (Costa Rica)
    Spanish (Dominican Republic)
    Spanish (Ecuador)
    Spanish (El Salvador)
    Spanish (Guatemala)
    Spanish (Honduras)
    Spanish (International Sort)
    Spanish (Mexico)
    Spanish (Nicaragua)
    Spanish (Panama)
    Spanish (Paraguay)
    Spanish (Peru)
    Spanish (Puerto Rico)
    Spanish (Traditional Sort)
    Spanish (Uruguay)
    Spanish (Venezuela)
    Swahili
    Swedish
    Swedish (Finland)
    Tswana
    Welsh
    Xhosa
    Zulu
    ;# Multimedia #
    Acm Core Codecs
    ActiveX for streaming video
    AOL ART Image Format Support
    DirectX diagnostic tool
    Images and Backgrounds
    Intel Indeo codecs
    Luna desktop theme
    Media Center
    MIDI audio support
    Mouse Cursors
    Movie Maker
    Music Samples
    Old CDPlayer and Sound Recorder
    Speech Support
    Tablet PC
    Windows Media Player
    Windows Media Player 6.4
    Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
    Windows Sounds
    ;# Network #
    Client for Netware Networks
    Communication tools
    Comtrol Test Terminal Program
    Connection Manager
    FrontPage Extensions
    H323 MSP
    Internet Connection Wizard
    Internet Explorer
    Internet Information Services (IIS)
    IP Conferencing
    MSN Explorer
    Netmeeting
    Network Diagnostic
    Network Monitor Driver and Tools
    Network Setup Wizard
    NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Protocol
    Outlook Express
    Peer-to-Peer
    Share Creation Wizard
    Synchronization Manager
    Vector Graphics Rendering (VML)
    Web Folders
    Windows Messenger
    ;# Operating System Options #
    .NET Framework
    Administrative Templates
    Administrator VB scripts
    Blaster/Nachi removal tool
    Color Schemes
    Desktop Cleanup Wizard
    Disk Cleanup
    Document Templates
    DR Watson
    FAT to NTFS converter
    File and Settings Wizard
    File System Encryption
    Help and Support
    IExpress Wizard
    Input Method Editor
    Manual Install and Upgrade
    MS XML 2.0
    Out of Box Experience (OOBE)
    Private Character Editor
    Search Assistant
    Security Center
    Service Pack Messages
    Shell Media Handler
    Symbolic Debugger (NTSD)
    Tour
    User account pictures
    Web View
    Zip Folders
    ;# Directories #
    DOCS
    SUPPORT
    VALUEADD
    ;# Compatibility #
    
    [KeepFiles]
    msconfig.exe
    
    [RemoveFiles]
    clock.avi
    yahoo.bmp
    swtchbrd.bmp
    
    [Options]
    CABMerge
    ClassicSetup
    BlackSetupBack
    DupeFiles
    ProfilesDir = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"
    TargetPath = "WINDOWS"
    temp_dir = %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp
    NoWmpComp
    NoKeepCp
    RemoveMUI
    CleanBiosInfo
    AdvTweaks
    NoISOPreset
    
    [Patches]
    TcpIp = 16777215
    DoUxTheme
    DoSFC
    
    [Services2]
    Eventlog,2
    PlugPlay,2
    AudioSrv,2
    winmgmt,2
    WZCSVC,2
    LanmanWorkstation,2
    Alerter,4
    ALG,4
    AppMgmt,4
    wuauserv,4
    BITS,4
    ClipSrv,4
    EventSystem,4
    COMSysApp,4
    Browser,4
    CryptSvc,4
    DHCP,4
    TrkWks,4
    MSDTC,4
    DNSCACHE,4
    ERSvc,4
    EapHost,4
    FastUserSwitchingCompatibility,4
    hkmsvc,4
    HTTPFilter,4
    HidServ,4
    ImapiService,4
    CiSvc,4
    PolicyAgent,4
    dmserver,4
    dmadmin,4
    Messenger,4
    SwPrv,4
    NetLogon,4
    NetBT,4
    NetDDE,4
    NetDDEdsdm,4
    NLA,4
    xmlprov,4
    NtLmSsp,4
    SysmonLog,4
    Spooler,4
    ProtectedStorage,4
    RSVP,4
    RasAuto,4
    RasMan,4
    RDSessMgr,4
    RpcLocator,4
    RemoteRegistry,4
    NtmsSvc,4
    RemoteAccess,4
    seclogon,4
    SamSs,4
    LanmanServer,4
    ShellHWDetection,4
    SSDPSRV,4
    SENS,4
    srservice,4
    Schedule,4
    LMHosts,4
    TapiSrv,4
    TlntSvr,4
    TermService,4
    Themes,4
    UPS,4
    upnphost,4
    VSS,4
    WebClient,4
    SharedAccess,4
    StiSvc,4
    Wmi,4
    W32Time,4
    Dot3svc,4
    WmiApSrv,4
    napagent,3
    Netman,3
    MSIServer,3
    
    [Tweaks]
    Boot and Shutdown-Auto-End tasks immediately
    Boot and Shutdown-Auto-Kill hung applications immediately
    Boot and Shutdown-Auto-Kill hung services immediately
    Boot and Shutdown-Ctrl-Alt-Del at logon-Enabled
    Boot and Shutdown-Disable automatic restart on System Failure
    Boot and Shutdown-Disable logging on System Failure
    Boot and Shutdown-Disable saving Last Good state at boot
    Boot and Shutdown-Do not Parse Autoexec.bat
    Boot and Shutdown-Logon Page-Classic
    Boot and Shutdown-Numlock-Off
    Boot and Shutdown-Setup Prefetch-Cache-Disabled
    Boot and Shutdown-Status Messages-None
    Desktop-Desktop icons size-32
    Desktop-My Computer icon-Hide
    Desktop-My Documents icon-Hide
    Desktop-My Network Places icon-Hide
    Desktop-Recycle Bin icon-Show
    Desktop-Wrap icon titles-Disable
    Explorer-Add 'Command Prompt' to folder context menu
    Explorer-Classic Control Panel
    Explorer-Disable Autorun
    Explorer-Disable Beep on errors
    Explorer-Disable Prefix: Shortcut to
    Explorer-Disable shortcut arrow
    Explorer-Remove Send To on context menu
    Performance-Disable Info Tips on Files and Folders
    Performance-Disable Last accessed Timestamp on files
    Performance-Disable Optimize harddisk when idle
    Performance-Disable paging of kernel and core-os
    Performance-Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links
    Performance-Disable Warn on low disk space
    Performance-Disable WBEM logging
    Performance-Do not cache thumbnails
    Performance-Minimal Power Management
    Performance-Processor scheduling-Programs
    Performance-Run 16-bit Windows applications in a separate process
    Performance-Use Windows classic folders / No Tasks Sidepanel
    Start Menu-Control Panel-Display as a menu
    Start Menu-Disable and remove Documents list from the Start Menu
    Start Menu-Disable Drag and Drop
    Start Menu-Disable Highlight newly installed programs
    Start Menu-Do not use Personalized Menus
    Start Menu-Hide Search button in Start Panel
    Start Menu-My Computer-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-My Documents-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-My Music-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-My Network Places-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-My Pictures-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-Network Connections-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-Number of programs on Start menu-0
    Start Menu-Printers and Faxes-Don't display this item
    Start Menu-Reduce popup delay
    Start Menu-Remove Logoff User
    Start Menu-Remove Search the Internet from Search
    Start Menu-Remove Set Program Access and Defaults
    Start Menu-Remove User name
    Start Menu-Remove Windows Catalog shortcut
    Taskbar-Disable Balloon Tips
    Taskbar-Disable Group similar Taskbar buttons
    Taskbar-Disable Hide inactive icons
    Taskbar-Disable Language-Bar
    Taskbar-Hide Volume Control Icon in System Tray
    Taskbar-Lock the Taskbar-Yes
    Visual Effects-Active window tracking-Disable
    Visual Effects-Active window tracking speed-Zero delay
    Visual Effects-Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing-Disable
    Visual Effects-Combo box animation-Disable
    Visual Effects-Cursor shadow-Disable
    Visual Effects-Display mouse pointer trails-Disable
    Visual Effects-Fade out selection-Disable
    Visual Effects-Gradient captions in windows-Disable
    Visual Effects-Keyboard shortcut underline-Disable
    Visual Effects-Menu animation-Disable
    Visual Effects-Menu shadows-Disable
    Visual Effects-Menu style-Flat
    Visual Effects-Show translucent selection rectangle-Disable
    Visual Effects-Show window contents while dragging-Disable
    Visual Effects-Slide taskbar buttons-Disable
    Visual Effects-Smooth edges of screen fonts-ClearType
    Visual Effects-Smooth-scroll list boxes-Disable
    Visual Effects-Tooltip animation-Disable
    Visual Effects-Use a background image for each folder type-Disable
    Visual Effects-Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop-Disable
    
    [Unattended]
    DisableOem
    ComputerType = Default
    HibernationNo
    AutoLogon = MikeNAS
    FirewallOff
    CustomLocales
    DisableSRestore
    MaximumDataStorePercentOfDisk = 12
    RestorePointLife = 30
    DesktopTheme = Default||
    DataExecProt = 3
    AutoUpdates = 4
    AutoUDay = 5
    AutoUHour = 15
    ProgFilesPath = "\Program Files"
    
    [NetAdapter1]
    connname = ""
    macaddress = ""
    ipaddress = "192.168.0.1"
    subnetmask = "255.255.255.0"
    defaultgateway = ""
    dnsserver1 = ""
    dnsserver2 = ""
    winsserver = ""
    netbiossetting = "0"
    ipxnetworknumber = "00000000"
    ipxnetworkframetype = "0xFF"
    
    [GuiRunOnce]
    
    [Drivers]
    
    [Hotfixes]
    
    Removed quite many components but not a single service. If some needed then it's easier to activate it than installing later. Clean desktop and start menu plus faster boot and shutdown and eye-candy off <- with tweaks. Of course totally unattend setup plus that file is private only :D
  3. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

    Thanks for the reply Mike, but I don't think you answered my question. After removing all those components, Windows is obviously much smaller, but did the removal of components make it faster, or was it the tweaks that accounted for faster operation (startup/shutdown)? :doubt:
    Last edited: May 17, 2008
  4. Franklin
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    Franklin Registered Member

    Yep I use an nLited XP install and I also go over to Bold Fortune's slimming XP guide and delete a bit more after install.

    The system seems to run as quick as a normal install but the speed factor comes into play when creating ghost images which are much smaller, performing a defrag and any malware scans take less time as there is less data to scan/defrag.
  5. Brian K
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    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Mike, when first installed, how much space does your WinXP take up on the HD? How large is your page file if it's in the C: drive? Is Hibernation enabled?
  6. MikeNAS
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    MikeNAS Registered Member

    Of course it's faster if disable most of services etc.
  7. MikeNAS
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    MikeNAS Registered Member

    I use always 2048MB Page File. Same than my ram amount. Hibernation is of course disabled. Whole C drive without any additional software is 2,43GB (include page file). Not the smallest but full functionality.

    EDIT: Mem usage is around 40MB without any additional. You can go little bit lower if you replace explorer shell with BBClean. Then you don't need explorer.exe anymore :D
  8. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

    That makes good sense (hadn't really considered that).
  9. WSFuser
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    WSFuser Registered Member

  10. Brian K
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    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Mike, so WinXP accounts for around 400 MB. That is small. A typical install (minus the page file) is around 1 GB.
  11. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

  12. Hairy Coo
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    Hairy Coo Registered Member

    Just carried out a nLite install of sp3.Recommended.

    I can confirm that if you reduce all the unecessary components and services,which is easy and safe to do,the final smaller Windows install does indeed feel faster and a lot more responsive.:thumb:

    The starting point with nLite was about 550mb,but this was easily reduced down to 324mb including drivers,without any penalties at all so far.
  13. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

    Thanks for all the feedback... I just have one final question before getting my feet wet.

    Using nLite to slim-down Windows, can this be done incrementally? That is to say after removing some Windows components with nLite, can I then re-load my 'nLited' version and tweak it even more with nLite? :doubt:
  14. markymoo
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    markymoo Registered Member

    Yes it faster and much lighter match it with RAID 0 and your system be lightning. You need to experiment in VirtualPC with it then you not wasting CD's and fine tune it to exactly how you want alot easier. Taking out too much can reduce the functionality too much. nlite is better these days for taking out more.

    No you need to start with an original Windows. Copy 2 windows to your hard drive from the CD not 1 as nlite makes the changes to one you have to copy the CD all again.
  15. Aaron Here
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    Aaron Here Registered Member

    gotcha - and thanks.
  16. farmerlee
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    farmerlee Registered Member

    Yeh you start off with a the standard windows install and from there you can tweak it then test, then go back and tweak some more until you get it right. For me it took quite a few tries before i got it exactly how i want it, however i'm quite picky about my setup!
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