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This guide is to show you how to create your own stripped Windows. No pirating!

Get the latest version of RT7Lite here.

We will not be going over every service and process.
If you would like a list of services and what they do, check out Black Viper's guide.

WAIK for Windows 7 (Only needed if using Vista)

DOT NET Framework 3.5 (Only needed if using Vista)

A Virtual machine: VirtualBox (doesn't have to be VirtualBox) optional



RT7Lite Welcome screen: Click 'browse' and select either 'ISO' or 'OS Path'.
Use OS path if you want to open existing folder.


Next you'll need to browse to your ISO file and browse to the folder you want the ISO to be extracted to.
Note: It can be the disc or just an ISO file.

Once you have selected each, RT7Lite will start extracting the ISO. This will take a few mins.

Choose your flavor of W7.
We will be stripping from Home Premium as it's the lowest version with complete Aero.



Once loaded the Home screen will be displaying your OS information. Select 'Task'.

You'll notice here there are some preset configs. You can play with them if you like, but I wasn't fond of them.
They were either not lite enough or missing Aero, which I wanted left working.

This guide is to walk you through to a quick W7 build so we are only going to be checking 'Components', 'Un-Attended', and 'ISO Bootable'.



Select 'Features Removal'.
Here is where we will be stripping the bulk of the system and services.


In the right column uncheck: Games, Internet Explorer, Media Features,
Print and Document Services, Remote Deferential Compression, Tablet PC Components, and Windows Sidebar & Gadget.


On the left side open the drop down boxes and remove these services and components.

Pizza's v3.5 Features Removal: Click to view!
Click here (Click to show)

Don't click apply yet!

Click Un-Attended on the far left.
It's time to set your Un-Attended disc for a quick install.
Enter product key or check Skip product key. Check skip auto activation.
Enter name, computer name and skip user creation.


Select Regional Tab:
Specify your time zone.


Click apply!!

Then click 'Build current image only' and click 'Commit'

This will take up to an hour. The more cores and memory you have the faster it'll build your disc.

Once the build is complete, click 'ISO-Bootable' on the left if you are not prompted first to build an ISO.


In the drop down box select 'Create image' and then click the 'Make ISO' button. Choose file path and disc name.

Once you have an ISO you can either click the drop down box again and select 'Burn image' or you can use your favorite image burning utility.

This is what you get. PF drops down to ~220MB.


If you want to test the new features I recommend using a virtual machine to test out your OS.



NOTE: If you are planning on using integrated Intel graphics, it is suggested that you leave the default Intel installed in your ISO, as it appears the downloadable drivers from Intel are not a complete package and merely an upgrade to the existing default driver built into the original Windows ISO.





Edited by PizzaMan - 10/26/11 at 8:18am
    
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+imaginary REP for finding that program.

Been wondering if other developers would make something similar to nLite/vLite.
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Is it possible to add programs to install along with Windows such as say 3DMark06 or an antivirus if using this for prebuilt computers?
    
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How much of a gain will that net I wonder...
 
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+imaginary REP for finding that program.

Been wondering if other developers would make something similar to nLite/vLite.
I spent days playing with programs. RT7lite was my third find. I was about to give up.

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Originally Posted by Peroxide View Post
Is it possible to add programs to install along with Windows such as say 3DMark06 or an antivirus if using this for prebuilt computers?
They're are a lot of options. I think you can, but I spent all my time trying to strip is clean and still function

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Originally Posted by G3RG View Post
How much of a gain will that net I wonder...
I could bench vs my bloated OS I guess. For the time being it's time for me to move to other project. I've spent almost a month on this one. I do plan to revise and trim some more services off of this.
    
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I figured there would be, but asking first saves me a download, thanks though!

Was actually just wishing I didn't have to enter all that information when installing Windows on other builds (especially with only one monitor)
    
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Awesome. Thanks Pizzaman!

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post #10 of 118
Good guide

I've been using this program since it came out and I looove the already integrated BlackViper settings so I don't need to go through EVERY service. It's wonderful

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