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    Windows (Re)Install Without The Baggage

    <hr>Have you ever wanted to remove Windows components like Media Player, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, Messenger...
    How about not even to install them with Windows ?<hr>
    Windows 2000, XP x86/x64 and 2003 x86/x64 in all languages ----- Vista version. Somewhat surprised, given that it's been around since 2004, that it's not AFAIK been posted either here or on AskWoody.
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    Re: Windows (Re)Install Without The Baggage

    I'd be very reluctant to install any version of Windows without those components or modify a version to remove them. On any relatively modern system disk space and processor power should not be issues. But the biggest thing is that there are applications that rely on various Microsoft components to be installed. I suppose that if you were to run only third party applications that were know not to need any of the underlying pieces of these MS applications it would be OK.

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    Re: Windows (Re)Install Without The Baggage

    I personally wish, that Microsoft would deliver Windows without those items installed. That way, if I wanted to use them, I could.

    I do applaud the fact that there is a method to remove the items.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Windows (Re)Install Without The Baggage

    Very cool. Thanks for posting. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
    - Ricky

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    Re: Windows (Re)Install Without The Baggage

    If you run Vista the following is from vLite - Windows Vista configuration tool

    Service Pack compatibility (updated)
    2008.01.30 by nuhi
    It came to my attention that some of you expected to install Service Pack on the lite Vista, without some components.
    Unfortunatelly that is not possible, nor it was ever expected to be because Service Pack is meant to update the whole installation, if it detects that something is missing it aborts.

    So the only way to use vLite on SP1 is to use it on the preintegrated version, meaning you can configure the Vista DVD or ISO which already has SP1 in it.
    Until Microsoft releases one you can try making your own by following this guide.
    But be careful, it's not official nor easy method so it is recommended only for the experienced users.

    Hotfixes will work fine even if all is removed, and the best thing is Windows Update will not list the hotfixes for the removed components. So please don't spread the false rumors, vLite is not aggressive as one might think before using it, not to mention that it was tested for 14 months before these recent publicity outbreaks.

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