Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Windows Vista Tiny (Fits on a CD!)

We can try this special eXPerience edition of Windows Vista Ultimate. Windows is fully patched with all "important" Windows Updates to 8th may 2007. The 512Mb RAM memory requirement is reduced to just 256Mb. The requirement of almost 8Gb of disk space is reduced to less than 3Gb. This installation only takes up about 35% of the size of a normal installation of Windows Vista. Many components have been removed from this edition of Windows, but you still have Microsoft's three main programs:
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Windows Mail (Formerly "Outlook Express")
  • Windows Media Player 11

You also have the new Aero theme in this edition of Windows and the ability to use Windows Update.
There are no services taken out of this special edition of Windows. Only three services have been disabled:
  • Remote Registry
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Search
You cannot do an upgrade installation from this CD, because the upgrade files have been removed. You can only install Windows by booting from the CD and formatting your partition or hard drive.

There are concerns about finding a good firewall and antivirus for Windows Vista. If you want to use a good antivirus, get hold of NOD32 v2.70.31 (or later) and use the NSANE fix. For a firewall, you're stuck with the built in firewall it seems, at least until software vendors start to make Vista compatible firewalls. On June 7th 2007, Comodo Firewall version 3 is due for release - this will have Vista support.

The eXPerience folder on the CD contains the following folders:

DirectX DLL Files
Despite Windows Vista being an absolutely massive operating system, it still does not even include DirectX DLL files! What were Microsoft thinking? So if you need the DirectX 9 DLL files (d3dx9_24/25/26/27/28/29/30/31/32/33.dll) you can just double click the file in this folder to extract these 10 DLL files to system32. This will keep compatibility with games you might have stored on another drive from a previous installation.
Ethernet Drivers
Despite Windows Vista being an absolutely massive operating system, it still does not even include some Ethernet Drivers! What were Microsoft thinking? So if your Ethernet card is not working after installing Windows Vista and it needs its driver installing, you can use the Ethernet Driver pack thats included in this folder. Follow the instructions in the ReadMe.txt file. After installing your Ethernet Card, see if your onboard sound is working, IT PROBABLY WON'T BE, it seems Microsoft forgot to include Realtek AC97 sound drivers in Windows Vista, this is ridiculous considering almost every motherboard in the world has Realtek AC97 sound! Its almost as if Microsoft are trying to annoy people on purpose, they give you a 2.5Gb+ DVD sized Operating System WITHOUT Ethernet Drivers, Sound Drivers or DirectX DLL files.

How To Install Windows

This unattended version of Windows is very easy to install. You can only install this edition of Windows onto a formatted partition or hard drive, in other words, you cannot do an upgrade installation from within Windows. To find out all the information on how to install this edition of Windows, open the eXPerience folder that is on the CD and open the file "2 - How To Install Windows.htm" This guide will show you exactly what to do, with full images of the setup screens.

Custom Tweaks

This edition of Windows is heavily modified for the best possible user experience, with more than 120 registry tweaks, you can see all the details of the changes made by looking at the file "5 Custom Tweaks.htm" that is in the Release Info folder in the eXPerience folder on the CD.

Removed Components

This CD sized release of Windows Vista has had the following components removed using vLite:
  • Accessibility
  • Speech Support
  • Welcome Center

  • Display Adapters
  • Modems and Printers

  • Game Explorer
  • Inbox Games
  • Premium Inbox Games

  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

  • Media Center Movie and DVD Maker
  • Screensavers
  • Wallpapers
  • Windows Media Samples

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Help
  • Microsoft Agent
  • Natural Language
  • Security Center
  • Tablet PC
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Easy Transfer
The ability to upgrade from an older version of Windows has also been removed manually after vLite was used. vLite does not support this at this moment in time, but this was done by removing every file and folder from the "sources" folder on the CD except the two Windows image files "boot.wim" and "install.wim"

Windows Updates

This special eXPerience edition of Windows Vista includes all the "important" Windows Updates up to Tuesday, May 8th, 2007. These hotfixes are installed silently near the end of the Windows install process...
KB890830, KB925902, KB928089, KB929399, KB929735, KB930178, KB930857, KB931573, KB931768, KB932246, and KB936824

You can download this Tiny Vista at Here (We divide to 8 parts):

Part1 Part2 Part3 Part4
Part5 Part6 Part7 Part8

After that, use a program like ISOBuster to extract/burn the ISO.
Enjoy your Faster and Tiny Vista!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Links for the downloads are no good.