Guide to trimming W7 down as much as possible?

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  1. Posts : 12
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       #1

    Guide to trimming W7 down as much as possible?


    I was wondering if there is some sort of guide that tells you how to trim down and remove many unneeded features to make 7 even lighter.

    I'm getting ready to install 7048 and just hate that windows auto installs tons of features I don't need or use.

    It would be cool if in the installation it asked you if you wanted any of the following features disabled or if you want express install.
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  2. Posts : 102
    Windows 7 x64 7229
       #2

    The installation won't ask you much, and there's not really much to remove. A fresh install(at least w/ my specs) is faster then XP Pro.
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  3. Posts : 748
    Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
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    There are a few guides around for Vista. Most of the hints/tips will also work with 7. I wrote quite a large one myself, but have found, working through it, that many of the "stripping" suggestions certainly do not show an improvement in performance. I am leaving it for now, until the OS matures. I think MS are geting it (almost) right, this time.
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  4. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #4

    I don't see why anybody would want to strip it down at all. It's already light enough as it is and works great.
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  5. Posts : 50
    Windows XP and 7
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    Airbot said:
    I don't see why anybody would want to strip it down at all.
    If you have a Netbook with only 4 Gb SSD card, then it's interesting to have a small installation.


    I have tried "vLite". This program is basically for Vista but also works with Windows 7. With this program you can create a new boot DVD without some modules. I have removed:
    1. All foreign language support
    2. Internet Information Server (IIS)
    3. Windows Media Center
    4. and some other smaller parts
    With such a boot DVD the installation of Windows 7 shrinks to 2,5 Gb. And this is very interesting for Netbooks with only 4 Gb SSD card.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
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  7. Posts : 5,941
    Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
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    Although you cold use vLite (this is used to "strip down bloatware in Vista) I don't think this is a useful exercise at the current time -- remember this is a BETA which is effectively the "Ultimate" version.
    When W7 hits retail there will be a number of different versions with different features in them so your "trick" probably will be of no use at this time.

    However if you still want to try then use vLite to "slipstream" your W7 iso.
    vLite - Windows Vista configuration tool

    OK I know it's vist but it works for W7 as well -- be careful what you remove - if you remove some core features your system probably won't boot.

    I've installed the x-32 version on a small 1GB netbook which came with XP.
    Even with the lowly "Atom processor" the netbook ran the full build of 7022 (x-32) absolutely OK so I don't think messing around deleting stuff is worth the effort (unless you are trying to boot on an 8GB usb stick).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Posts : 50
    Windows XP and 7
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    jimbo45 said:
    remember this is a BETA which is effectively the "Ultimate" version.

    When W7 hits retail there will be a number of different versions with different features in them so your "trick" probably will be of no use at this time.
    But Vista DVD includes also all versions (Start, Basic, Premium and Ultimate). With vLite you can shrink every version - step by step. I think this should work also with Windows 7 final.

    jimbo45 said:
    be careful what you remove - if you remove some core features your system probably won't boot.
    No problem. Shrink it with "vLite" and burn it to a rewritable DVD. If you find problems (e.g. not booting) burn another DVD.

    jimbo45 said:
    I've installed the x-32 version on a small 1GB netbook
    You mean 1 GB RAM ? That's no problem - runs fine. Problem could be with 4 GB SSD card (hard disk replacement).
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  9. Posts : 5
    XP 64
       #9

    I'm curious to know how far people have slimmed W7.

    Here's a working Last Session.ini for 7048 x64 I'd like to share. I'm currently testing it on build 7057 x64 and all seems well so far...

    EDIT: I've discovered that the Last Session.ini below does not work with build 7057 x64....it will install but breaks the context menu. I'm working on a new version and i'll post it here if/when i get it working.

    Code:
    ; vLite preset file
    ;
    ;#Environment:
    ; vLite v1.2
    ; Framework 2.0.50727.42
    ; Microsoft Windows NT 5.2.3790 Service Pack 2 64-bit
    ;
    ;#Target:
    ; Windows 7 ULTIMATE 64-bit 
    ; Version 6.1 English (United States)
    ;
    [Compatibility]
    ACDSee / XnView
    DriveimageXML
    DVD Treasury
    Halo 2
    Hauppauge WinTV
    KMPlayer
    Logitech Setpoint
    MediaPortal
    Perfect World Client
    Zoom Player
    Aero Glass
    File and printer sharing (Server)
    Internet Information Services (IIS)
    Recommended
    Scanners and Cameras
    Windows Update
    
    [CustomHide]
    
    [Components]
    ;# Accessories #
    Games-Inbox Games
    Games-Premium Inbox Games
    Welcome Center
    ;# Hardware Support #
    Floppy Disk Support
    ;# Languages #
    Japanese
    Korean
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    ;# Multimedia #
    Media Center
    Music and Video samples
    Sample Pictures
    ;# Network #
    Windows Mail
    ;# Services #
    Error Reporting
    Offline Files
    Windows Search
    ;# System #
    Help
    Parental Controls
    Run a legacy CPL elevated
    Security Center
    Software Quality Management (SQM)
    User Account Control (UAC)
    Windows Defender
    Windows Easy Transfer
    
    [Options]
    DEP (Data Execution Prevention) = Disabled (AlwaysOff)
    User Account Control (UAC) = Disabled
    AntiSpyware Realtime Protection = Disabled
    AutoPlay = Disabled
    Paging Executive = Enabled
    Power scheme = Balanced
    Power button = Default
    Sleep button = Default
    Control Panel - Classic View = Enabled
    Show hidden files and folders = Yes
    Show protected operating system files = Yes
    Show extensions for known file types = Yes
    IE Phishing Filter = Default
    IE Phishing Verification Ballon Tips = Default
    
    [Services]
    
    [Protection]
    
    [Drivers]
    
    [Unattended]
    SpecRegional
    AcceptEULA
    SkipNewUser
    SkipProductKey
    SkipAutoActivation
    
    [Hotfixes]
    
    [LanguagePacks]
    Last edited by Hegel; 14 Mar 2009 at 08:04.
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  10. Posts : 88
    Windows 7 x86 and x64 - RTM
       #10

    Thanks!


    Hegel said:
    I'm curious to know how far people have slimmed W7.

    Here's a working Last Session.ini for 7048 x64 I'd like to share. I'm currently testing it on build 7057 x64 and all seems well so far...
    Thanks for sharing this Hegel...keep us posted on your progress.

    I'm also anxious to cut down the footprint of Win 7 to facilitate install on some real lightweight laptops and a few old computers.
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