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How To: Streamline and Customize your Vista Installation
« on: November 16, 2010, 08:06:27 PM »
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How To: Streamline and Customize your Vista Installation

Tired of Vista installation bloat? Looking for an easy way to set up an unattended install process? Wishing for a faster way to tweak your favorite settings after Vista is installed? There's an easy solution for all these scenarios, thanks to a little program called vLite.

VLite allows you to create a customized Windows Vista installation disc that contains only the features you need and leaves out all the drivers and components you don't use. The program also lets you perform an unattended install and configure a variety of post-installation tweaks.

Maybe you want to make your next Vista installation faster and easier by creating a one-button install disc. Maybe you want to put Vista on a diet. Hands-down, vLite is a great customization program that belongs in any power user's arsenal. However, while the process is straightforward, we recommend that you test your disc on a virtual machine, such as the free Virtual PC 2007 (www.microsoft.com), before doing a full install.

Time: 45 mins
What You Need

    * vLite
      Free, www.vlite.net
    * Windows Vista DVD
      Upgrade or Full Version
      $100-$400, www.microsoft.com
      (you can't use a restore DVD or
      partition with vLite)

1. Get Started with vLite2.Choose a Task3. Add a Side of Hotfixes and Drivers

The more hotfixes you add to Vista SP1 now, the fewer you'll need to install later.

Now you're in the Integration menu's Hotfixes tab. If you're customizing Vista SP1, you will see already-integrated hotfixes, but you can add additional hotfixes introduced post-SP1. (To locate them, go to www.microsoft.com/downloads and search for updates for Windows Vista SP1. Be sure to save, rather than run, hotfixes.) Click Insert, navigate to the folder containing the hotfixes you want to add to the installation, select them, and click Open.

To add drivers, click the Drivers tab. Use the Insert button and navigate to the appropriate folders to add drivers, which then appear at the bottom of the dialog.

Note that drivers included as a standard part of Vista or Vista SP1 are not listed. To add language packs, click the Language Pack tab. The current language in use is listed. Use the Insert button and navigate to the appropriate folders to add language packs. Click Next.

4. Kick Unwanted Features to the Curb

The Compatibility dialog opens next. Within the Features tab you can deselect the Vista features you want to remove. (We kicked Scanners and Cameras and Windows Fax and Scan to the curb, since we'll eventually use third-party apps for picture transfer and scanning.)

The Applications tab lists a few popular third-party apps that depend on Vista components, such as ACDSee/XnView and Halo 2. If you plan to install a listed application, click the empty check box next to it. Keep in mind that checked items will be included in the Vista installation image. Click OK to continue.

5. Remove Components to Slim Vista

Selecting components to remove can be tricky. Keep an eye on the Help window to the right for suggestions and warnings.

The Components dialog can be tricky. Unlike the Compatibility dialog, the Components dialog is used to remove components in particular categories, such as accessories, drivers, and hardware support. Checked items will be removed from your image. As you select each item, a help dialog on the right side of the display lists the size of the item, what it does, and under what situations it should be kept. Items that can be particularly dangerous to remove are listed in red type.

We removed Paint, Snipping Tool, and Wordpad from Accessories (they won't be missed), almost all items in the Driver category except for some storage controller listings (we'll install updated video drivers ourselves), all games (Vista's games are pretty lame), fax and iSCSI support from the Hardware Support category, Asian language support from the Languages category, sample files from the Multimedia category, and IIS from the Network category. We kept all of the services.

The original Windows Ultimate installation includes 172 total items. We selected 68 for removal. Once you have your list ready, click Next to continue.

6. Tweak Now, Save Time Later

If you're always tweaking these settings anyway, let vLite do it for you, and you won't have to make the changes ever again!

The Tweaks dialog allows you to preconfigure commonly changed settings in four areas. The Security option lets you edit Anti-Spyware Realtime Protection, Data Execution Prevention, and UAC options. The System section allows you to set AutoPlay and paging executive, hibernation, memory requirement, Power button, and Sleep button options. Explorer lets you edit view settings for the Control Panel, file extensions, hidden files and folders, and operating system files. And finally, the Internet Explorer option allows you to edit the IE Phishing filter and phishing verification balloon tips. Click an item you want to change (such as the Power button), and a pull-down menu arrow appears to the right of the current setting. Select the setting you prefer. Click Next to continue.

7. Run an Unattended Installation
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Re: How To: Streamline and Customize your Vista Installation
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010, 08:16:21 PM »
Another one to print out....your just a FOUNTAIN of info today...... :kissie:
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Re: How To: Streamline and Customize your Vista Installation
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 08:51:41 PM »
Well, I agree on the font of information thankfully I do not need to know Vista for my personal use.

Although it might not be a bad idea to print it out since I do get weird calls from people thinking that "I know things" :tearlaugh:
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Re: How To: Streamline and Customize your Vista Installation
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 09:15:43 PM »
yup our Mac OS section is nekkid so i need to gather intel for it and needed to keep occupied since I had to put down my 18 year kitty today....it was needed I am sure she had not much further to go, since she had thet "smell" about her and last night she started spotting her diaper.
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