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nlite - make customised windows CDs

Discussion in 'Windows Operating Systems' started by looktall, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. looktall

    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    i found this excellent piece of software the other week that let's you easily customise your window xp cd.
    it not only let's you slipstream your service packs, but also lets you prevent certain unwanted components of windows from even installing.

    now i know all of this can be done through answer files and what not, but this programme uses a nice easy to follow gui.

    the problem is, not only can i not remember what it's called, i can't remember where i found it.
    i thought i saw it at msfn.org, but i had a look and can't see it.
    the only thing i can remember about it is you must have .net framework 1.1 to be able to use it.

    if by some slim change someone knows what programme i'm talking about, please let me know. :D
     
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    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    don't worry people. i remembered what it's called.

    for those who might be interested it's called nlite.
    http://nuhi.msfn.org/nlite.html

    given the url, i can see now why i thought it was at msfn.org. :D
     
  3. blaqDeaph

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    Nice program! Another to add to my books :D
     
  4. commando

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    Thats a nice piece of software; thanks looktall :)
     
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    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    i gave this software a test run at work today and let me say this about it....

    OH MY GOD!!


    this is without doubt the best piece of software i have come across this year.

    i made an xpsp2 slipstream disc today and removed a whole heap of unwanted crap (messenger, unwanted services etc) and the final cd size was only 278mb. :D
    it does full unattended install as well, so i don't need to input my name, cd key, timezone etc during the install.
     
  6. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Hmmm....I've seen this little proggy for a while now, but never thought much of it. I encountered a problem today when making a slipstreamed cd with sp2.....

    I was mucking around with xp, sp2, and integrating Creative drivers, tv tuner drivers, ATi drivers, and nForce3 drivers and trying to create one Gawd-all-mighty-XP-does-everything-slipstreamed-custom-XP CD but the install size came to about 750M so I was a bit stuck.

    But seeing your final cd size of 278M I might give it a go, that's one h*ll of a reduction in size.....thanks! :)

    But one question, I'm looking to reduce the size by about 5-100M, what the heck are you removing to bring it down to well under half the size? heh

    EDIT: Having gone through it, you have to know a bit about what you are doing to a certain degree, otherwise you will miss essential services, so probably not for XP newlyweds :)
     
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    i don't know how it goes integrating drivers and apps, but you can add the install files for drivers and apps to it before it creates the iso.
    you still have to install them, but they're already on the disc.

    i can't remember everything i removed, but i removed a shitload of extra language files, msn explorer, various services (including security centre from sp2) and un-needed windows drivers.
    i think nlite also compresses the windows drivers folder to reduce the size.
     
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    i just did another one then with high compression on the drivers and it reduced the cd size further to 214mb. :)
    i don't know what the install size is like, but it's gotta be much smaller than it normally is.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I've gone through another one tonight and I have got the install down by 104M, which reduces it to around 600M....I cannot possibly think what you have *not* installed to get 214M :confused:

    We are talking XP Pro right? or Home......
     
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    ok. well i removed the docs, support, cmpnents and valueadd folders. that accounts for 45mb.

    rather than telling you what i left out (coz that would be hard to do), i'll tell you what i left in out of the options available.

    apps:
    calculator
    charmap
    defrag

    drivers:
    lan
    firewire
    printers
    sound
    wlan

    internet utils:
    IE
    IE core
    OE
    peer to peer

    multimedia:
    luna theme
    old cd player and sound recorder
    roland sound canvas
    win sounds
    win media codecs
    WMP

    OS options:
    disk cleanup
    dr watson
    printer support
    task schedualr
    web view
    zip folders

    services:
    auto update
    BIT
    dist link tracking
    error reporting
    QOS
    secondary logon
    shell services
    system restore
    terminal services
    wireless zero config


    that's about it really.
    what i took out apparently accounts for about 300+mb.

    there's probably a few items more that could be removed too. :D

    this was using a disc with sp2 slipstreamed as the source.
     
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    Strange, that's basically the same options that I selected.....still can't beleive how you got it down so small. Anyways GG!
     
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    Just a quick question guys; it doesnt seem to allow you make a full unattended setup if you need to do the F6/Raid/SCSI driver on initial bootup.

    Is there any way to get around this?
     
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    omg! I love it already

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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Myne_h, Pro or Home?
     
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    Stupid needing of .NET framework... *grumble* *grumble*
     
  17. Swink

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    Damn.

    I wish i read this 3 days earlier. I've just done 2 reinstalls and spent ages getting rid of the crap on both systems manually. :(
     
  18. L0che

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    another good XP pruning program is XPlite (www.litepc.com). Unlike nlite, xplite's gui lets you delete unwanted stuff after the installation. I managed to get my Xp c:\windows directory down under 500mb.
     
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    yeah i wasn't too happy about that requirement either.
    i've gone this long without it so far, but if you need to install it to use nlite, then not much option is there?
     
  20. Myne_h

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    About 2 years ago I had the know-how to manually make one of these and I was always going to do it. Thankfully I'm lazy and I can now just use this instead =)
    Tried it in a virtualpc - it installs to 510mb in the windows dir - an impressive number considering the very best I ever got it to manually was 450mb.
     

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