Okay, here is the scenario. I have a copy of Windows Vista 32 bit Ultimate Edition, without Service Pack 1. So, whenever I format my PC (assuming I do not use image backup software), I need to install Vista from this DVD and apply SP1 manually which both activity will cost me almost 2 hours. Furthermore, I feel Vista Ultimate a little bit bloated. So, I was thinking, what if I remove some of un-necessary features, which rarely or never use at all. I could save some hard disk space and make my registry more compact, which translate to better performance.
- Vista DVD
- vLite 1.2 RC or later (free software). Get it here : http://www.vlite.net/download.html
- Windows AIK (free from microsoft). Get it here : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=C7D4BC6D-15F3-4284-9123-679830D629F2&displaylang=en
- Vista Service Pack 1 : Get it Here : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B0C7136D-5EBB-413B-89C9-CB3D06D12674&displaylang=en
- Put Vista DVD in your DVD drive or mount vista iso image using your favourite iso mounter (such as Daemon Tool Lite : HERE)
- Install vLite as usual
Install Windows AIK
- Method 1 : Burn Windows AIK image into DVD+R using your favourite software) or
- Method 2 : Mount Windows AIK image using your favourite ISO or IMG mounter (such as Daemon Tool Lite)
- Run vLite
- Click on browse button, and choose your DVD drive which contain your Vista installation disc. In my case, my vista installation disc located at drive J. Then click OK.
Choose appropriete drive then click OK
Create a new folder in any of your hard disk partition (which has more than 4 GB free space). I create mine and name it as vLite Output
vLite is copying my Vista Installation disc.
Choose your Vista version. Since my vista is ultimate edition, I choose this one.
If everything goes fine, your vLite should show something like this.
Click on Task Button
Service Pack Slipstream Checked. I want to integrate Service Pack 1 (which I download before from microsoft website).
Integration Checked. Reason : I seriously lazy to install my video, motherboard, sound, lan, mouse drivers one by one. Even if vista installation disk can’t detect certain hardware while installation process is running, those drivers will be saved in driver cache / pool. So, when I plug that device, windows will recognize it and install it automatically. Pretty handy heh.
Components Checked. Reason : As I said before, I feel Vista Ultimate a little bit bloated. I want to remove certain application or programs which I rarely or never use at all.
Tweaks Checked. Reason : A little bit tweak here and there should be OK. Everybody love super smooth OS ‘aight.
Unattended Setup checked. Reason : I love ‘controlled’ automatic. With this feature activated, you provide all required installation details, so Vista installation process will never bug you. Run it, get some coffee and snack… several minutes later…your vista installation completed. Sweet.
Bootable ISO Checked. This is a must. It allow your freshly bake Vista disc to be bootable when you start your computer from DVD drive.
Enable before apply Checked. Reason : This option allow me to access it without applying any change to this ISO image. Optional.
Click on Slipstream button
This is Slipstream Windows. Click on Select button, to choose your predownload Vista SP1 file.
Here is my Vista SP1. Select it and click Open button.
vLite is doing its job. Give it some time to crunch those datas and integrate ’em into Vista installation disc. It is advisable to disable your anti-virus to speed up the process. But if you are paranoia enough, you can keep your antivirus on. Go grap a cup of coffee or soda unless you are geek enough to watch installation bar to move at snail speed 😀
Phew, after close to 1 hour, this dude finally finish integrate SP1 into vista installation disc.
Click on Integration. I don’t have any hotfix in my hand currently, so I will skip that one. Click on Drivers instead.
Enable it. Press insert button.
Browse to your driver directory. In this case, I choose Razer Death Adder driver (inf)
Note : Check to REMOVE .
This is the list of components I remove. Please note that my list should not be used as your personal list because I remove something that I don’t want but might usefull to others, and vice versa.
vLite will check componnent dependency. In case of I screw up, and mess up with vista dependecy, vLite will inform me.
Choose Yes instead 😀
Security, Explorer, IE and Services remain default. When finish, press Next
This is for unattended setup. I prefer to skip product key for security concern here. You should put your product key 😀
Choose Specify and change the value if necessary. Press next when you done with it.
I choose to create image (in iso mode) instead of burn it directly into DVD+R. Reason : to save my DVD+R, in case of I screw up my Vista Lite :D. I can always test this vista lite using VMWare or Virtual PC first. If you want to directly burn into DVD+R, change Create Image to Direct Burn and specify your burner as below.
Then presss ‘Make ISO’ if you choose to Create Image or ‘Burn’ button if you decide to burn it directly.
Since i choose to burn image, vLite will ask me, where should it create this image file. I choose to create it here. Press Save.
Image creation in progress…..
Complete. You may press Exit button here.
So, at this stage, we already have our custom vista installation disc, waiting to be evaluate or burn into any DVDR. According to vLite, I already save almost 4 GB of hdd space.
credit : expertester