Some enthusiasts may already be familiar with a tool known as nLite, which allows one to strip down a Windows 2000 or Windows XP installation in order to remove perceived "bloat" and unneeded software. The tool can be used to squeeze Windows XP onto older PCs and other systems that are light on resources. As InformationWeek reports, a new tool called vLite was recently released by the same developer—Dino Nuhagic—and has been gaining popularity.
Version 1.1 of the tool came out last week, and it supports a wealth of features like hotfix, language pack, and driver integration; setup process simplification; the ability to split Windows Vista's installer across multiple CDs; and the usual component removal and installation disc image creation functionality. Users can strip anything from Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to security features like the Vista firewall and User Account Control feature, or they can just build themselves a custom installation image with drivers and security fixes pre-installed.
vLite 1.1 is freely available for downloaded over on this page. The program installer weighs in at a slender 1.56MB, although users running it on Windows XP will need Microsoft's .NET framework, as well. As one might expect, the software isn't supported by Microsoft, but those looking for help can peruse through the documentation or seek help in the vLite forums.