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Guide: vLite for Vista

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by jisaac, Jul 12, 2008.

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  1. jisaac

    jisaac Notebook Deity

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    Intro
    vLite is a freeware application used to create customized installation CDs of Microsoft's Windows Vista.

    vLite automates the customization process. First it copies the contents of the install disc to a folder on the user's computer. Then they let the user remove Windows components, tweak its options, install Windows Service Packs, patch faults, and add drivers. The user can preset the service settings in Windows or remove services entirely. One of the main uses is to remove programs and components, many of which cannot normally be removed in Windows, such as Internet Explorer, Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Media Player.

    After applying the changes, an image file can be created or the Windows installation can be burned onto a CD.

    Screenshots
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    Benefits of a 'vlited' install.
    The popularity of vLite is the result of the computer users' wish to have a clean, light operating system that does not contain bloatware or unnecessary files.

    vLite lets users reduce Windows' resource consumption while retaining features that they desire. With a smaller operating system footprint, more computer resources remain available for Windows programs, as well as allowing backups to complete faster.

    Another important use of nLite is for slipstreaming drivers or service packs onto a Windows CD. Specifically for RAID or SATA drivers, which are needed during installation of Windows Vista, as compared to other drivers, which can be installed after installation.

    The Guide
    1)
    Download and install vlite v1.1.6 Final from:
    http://www.vlite.net/download.html

    2)
    Run vlite - if any dependencies are required, install them:
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    3)
    Make sure your vista dvd is on your optical drive, and then browse to it, and select OK:
    [​IMG]

    4)
    Select a folder on your hard drive where you'd like the vlited install to be created, and wait for the disk's contents to be copied:
    [​IMG]

    5)
    Select your version of vista (basic/premium/business/ultimate).

    6)
    Click on tasks, in the left-hand panel in vlite, then click on all, and then click next.
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    If you do not have SP1 already installed, download it from:http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/...6D-5EBB-413B-89C9-CB3D06D12674&displaylang=en , then browse to it to select it to be slipstreamed into the install

    7)
    In this next window, you may integrate Hotfixes, Drivers, and Language Packs. In my scenario, I only wanted to integrate my wifi, graphics and sound drivers.
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    8)
    Click on next and you'll be greeted with a compatibility screen. Choose your specified configuration and continue. For stability I always tick every feature. Then click on the application tab, and if you are planning to use any of the programs shown, tick them.
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    9)
    In the components section, remove what you wish. Note the details of each component is displayed on the right. Be sure to read the description of every component before deciding to remove it. I never remove any of the services, for full stability/compatibility it is recommended you leave them, and tweak their start-up settings after the install.
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    10)
    In the tweaks section, for best performance, I selected the following options:
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    11)
    My settings for the unattended section (I have configured autologin aswell):
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    12)
    Click apply and then click rebuild one:
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    13)
    Click OK, and your original image will now rebuild:
    [​IMG]

    14)
    Click on 'next', to move on to the 'burning the iso' screen.

    15)
    Burn your image to a cd/dvd, and your finished!!! As you can see I have decreased my iso size from, 3.6GB to about 1.5GB.
    [​IMG]

    Users have had varying success in vliting, but the trick is to really know what you're doing. It may take you a few configuration attempts to create your perfrect OS, but in the end it was worth it for me!
     
  2. jisaac

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    bump..bump...bump
    comments guys ;)
     
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    crash NBR Assassin Super Moderator

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    Nice guide! It almost makes me consider creating a vlite installation disk. ;)
     
  4. rubenvb

    rubenvb Notebook Consultant

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    You should warn people that integrating SP1 while adding drivers and doing the rest of vLite stuff will corrupt the installation and cause problems with updates!!!

    Secondly, you should also warn people about the windows update issues that persist by removing windows programs.

    For the rest, good guide! Reading it takes 100 times less time than actually building an image (especially when integrating sp1)

    PS: the SP1 integration isn't perfect; the resulting image size is different than the official ISO (complete build all and everything). Vista SP1 isn't made to be integrated (unlike XP service packs!!!)
     
  5. Leon

    Leon Notebook Deity

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    Nice guide. I like it.

    Thanks,
    Leon
     
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    crash NBR Assassin Super Moderator

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    Quick question, does vlite allow you to save the .iso or is your only option to burn it to a DVD?

    EDIT: nvm I just noticed at the beginning of your guide you have the answer to my question.
     
  7. Dosed

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    what should I do? I dont have an install vista disc but a pqservice partition?
     
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    Thank for the guide. I think I will create a custom install disc for my new notebook.
     
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    Be wary that if you use vlite to remove components and don't integrate SP1, then SP1 will not install because it refuses to unless all the components it wants to update are there.

    See this, this, and this.
     
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    I plan on integrating SP1 to save myself some time. Good information for those who may have problems arise in the future.
     
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    crash NBR Assassin Super Moderator

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    Yup, keep in mind that you may have a similar issue if/when SP2 is released, but you could probably deal with the problem in a similar fashion (slipstreaming SP2).
     
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    I'm getting frustrated here. My situation: I have Vista Ultimate in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (and both the English and Dutch language versions, so 4 DVD's in total). But let's talk about Vista 64-bit EN-US only.

    I just want to make a version of that DVD with SP1 slipstreamed in it. No more, no less. Now I have both vLite 1.1.6 and WAIK 1.1. I've spent hours and hours, as well as a couple of DVDs to the vlite only solution. It doesn't work; see attachment for what I've done. I haven't found a decent guide on how to combine WAIK and vLite to do it, so I haven't tried that.

    So please tell me what is wrong.

    Thx!
     

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    Nice program.
    I just wish it had the ability to detect the drivers that are currently installed in the system and add them to the iso you are creating. Searching for each individual driver I need is a pain.
     
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    Im downloading the WAIK thing...it says its a 1.3GB iso...am I seeing wrong here or is that the correct file?
     
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    great guide... gotta give it a try. +rep
     
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    Just want to point out that if you have an SP1 install of Vista Home Premium you can't slipstream SP1 to an Vista Ultimate ISO to enable you to upgrade.

    At least I couldn't, apparently the Vista non-SP1 installation disk I have isn't the same version as the the Vista Home Premium SP1 installed on my new Asus M70VM...
     
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    I was just wondering the exact same, is this a joke? vLite says "to be able to mount an image you have to install the WIM filter first. it is a small driver....."

    1375,6MB... only takes 20minutes to download, but... W T F?
     
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    nice guide..
     
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