nLite 1.4.9.3 for Windows

by Dino Nuhagic

Avg. Rating 4.7 (984 votes)

File Details

File Size 2.9 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 165,718
Publisher Dino Nuhagic
Homepage nLite

Publisher's Description

nLite lets you choose which components to remove from Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation. By removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security. It supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a bootable ISO and easily slipstream Service packs with a click of a button. Use the easy cd-key implementation so you don't need to enter it during setup.

Latest Reviews

Karol Mily

Karol Mily reviewed v1.4.9.2 on Aug 29, 2013

Thanks. I am using "nLite-ed" XP daily.

Now can't waiting for W7/8 edition.

jacobjackson

jacobjackson reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Aug 24, 2013

nlite rocks!

finnlayer

finnlayer reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 13, 2010

i like this it is very good, but i like to see a win 7 version, is that in the pipe line soon..

verbose

verbose reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Oct 16, 2008

nlite is one of the most useful free software tools available. Just like with any new software, you must take the time to read how to use it; otherwise, you may end up with a bunch of coasters before you get a good image. It is very easy to use as long as you're not trigger happy with the mouse. This software does work best with volume licensed media. Another great program for downloading Microsoft standalone updates is called Windows Download Updater.

A cool thing about nlite is that, while it does not allow you to slipstream hardly any Microsoft programs (only a couple), you can sneak sysinternals suite into the "image" using nlite. These tools are the best out there and worth downloading if anyone is unfamiliar with them. freeware.

One last thing. It does not matter how intelligent a person is, there is always a learning curve with anything new. The arrogance that is typical of most IT people is present because of their inferiority complex. Let's not stereotype ourselves to the outside world. If someone has a question about something they don't understand, help them out. Isn't that what we are on this page for?

ron_marz

ron_marz reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 11, 2008

Yes, this software has a small learning curve (which is probably UU's problem), but once you master it, nLite works perfectly.

Nighted

Nighted reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 11, 2008

Been using this for about 3 years or so. I tweak all my installs using nLite. Loved by those who take the time to learn how to use it (not that it's hard), rated low by n00bs who can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. ;)

egg83

egg83 reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

Have used this to make bootable XP cds that require no intervention, and it works like a gem. Allows you to remove lots of cruft that M$ thinks that you need, but really don't (for me-many of unnecessary services like Smart Card). Anyhow, give it a shot, love how you can import service packs into cd. Great program.

mara-

mara- reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

Undesired Username, I don't want to offend you, but you simply don't know how to use this software. I'm using nLite very long and I don't have any problems at all. Even when I had some problem, it was because my lack of knowledge. I suggest you visit forum and do some research. If you still have problems, post about it and you'll get quick answer.

[EDIT]

Undesired Username, this is free software, so you need to appreciate what it gives since you did not payed for it. Just look in number of downloads and rating of the tool. This means that people are happy with it. Also, I can see only bad rate from you on review. So, get the point yourself. As I already mentioned, visit MSFN forum and post about your problem.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

I did not opt to remove the Windows Activation component, or any related components. I know you would like to think that I'm an idiot who doesn't know anything and who didn't pay attention, and that's OK. Whatever helps you through the long, lonely night.

I'm sure I did make modifications that caused Windows Activation to break. My point is that nLite did not indicate that this would happen. I did not opt to remove Windows Activation or related components.

Regarding Windows\inf, I understand what happened, but I think nLite should be smart enough to handle it. Think about it... The INF file points to all the necessary drivers and supporting files. It doesn't point to "the entire directory I'm in". When you install a driver, you can point to an INF in Windows\inf, and Windows copies just what is specified in the INF, nothing more. (If Windows can't find a file, you get that infamous dialog, asking you to point to it manually.) When you backup individual drivers using a utility like the one mentioned, the utility can automatically select just the files referenced in that INF.

But nLite can't do this?

You're telling me that in order to choose a driver from your working Windows installation, you need to prepare it first using a separate utility? So... This other utility can handle this task, but nLite cannot? And that's OK?

Don't hate me just because I know how software should work.

Mara, you make no sense, and you are ASSuming just like the others.

shroom

shroom reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

@Undesired Username : there are some explanations for each component you're removing. If you had read them (and I highly doubt of that) you would have avoided removing the activation component ;)

Avg. Rating 4.7 (984 votes)
Your Rating
Karol Mily

Karol Mily reviewed v1.4.9.2 on Aug 29, 2013

Thanks. I am using "nLite-ed" XP daily.

Now can't waiting for W7/8 edition.

jacobjackson

jacobjackson reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Aug 24, 2013

nlite rocks!

finnlayer

finnlayer reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 13, 2010

i like this it is very good, but i like to see a win 7 version, is that in the pipe line soon..

verbose

verbose reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Oct 16, 2008

nlite is one of the most useful free software tools available. Just like with any new software, you must take the time to read how to use it; otherwise, you may end up with a bunch of coasters before you get a good image. It is very easy to use as long as you're not trigger happy with the mouse. This software does work best with volume licensed media. Another great program for downloading Microsoft standalone updates is called Windows Download Updater.

A cool thing about nlite is that, while it does not allow you to slipstream hardly any Microsoft programs (only a couple), you can sneak sysinternals suite into the "image" using nlite. These tools are the best out there and worth downloading if anyone is unfamiliar with them. freeware.

One last thing. It does not matter how intelligent a person is, there is always a learning curve with anything new. The arrogance that is typical of most IT people is present because of their inferiority complex. Let's not stereotype ourselves to the outside world. If someone has a question about something they don't understand, help them out. Isn't that what we are on this page for?

ron_marz

ron_marz reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 11, 2008

Yes, this software has a small learning curve (which is probably UU's problem), but once you master it, nLite works perfectly.

Nighted

Nighted reviewed v1.4.9.1 on Sep 11, 2008

Been using this for about 3 years or so. I tweak all my installs using nLite. Loved by those who take the time to learn how to use it (not that it's hard), rated low by n00bs who can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. ;)

egg83

egg83 reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

Have used this to make bootable XP cds that require no intervention, and it works like a gem. Allows you to remove lots of cruft that M$ thinks that you need, but really don't (for me-many of unnecessary services like Smart Card). Anyhow, give it a shot, love how you can import service packs into cd. Great program.

mara-

mara- reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

Undesired Username, I don't want to offend you, but you simply don't know how to use this software. I'm using nLite very long and I don't have any problems at all. Even when I had some problem, it was because my lack of knowledge. I suggest you visit forum and do some research. If you still have problems, post about it and you'll get quick answer.

[EDIT]

Undesired Username, this is free software, so you need to appreciate what it gives since you did not payed for it. Just look in number of downloads and rating of the tool. This means that people are happy with it. Also, I can see only bad rate from you on review. So, get the point yourself. As I already mentioned, visit MSFN forum and post about your problem.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

I did not opt to remove the Windows Activation component, or any related components. I know you would like to think that I'm an idiot who doesn't know anything and who didn't pay attention, and that's OK. Whatever helps you through the long, lonely night.

I'm sure I did make modifications that caused Windows Activation to break. My point is that nLite did not indicate that this would happen. I did not opt to remove Windows Activation or related components.

Regarding Windows\inf, I understand what happened, but I think nLite should be smart enough to handle it. Think about it... The INF file points to all the necessary drivers and supporting files. It doesn't point to "the entire directory I'm in". When you install a driver, you can point to an INF in Windows\inf, and Windows copies just what is specified in the INF, nothing more. (If Windows can't find a file, you get that infamous dialog, asking you to point to it manually.) When you backup individual drivers using a utility like the one mentioned, the utility can automatically select just the files referenced in that INF.

But nLite can't do this?

You're telling me that in order to choose a driver from your working Windows installation, you need to prepare it first using a separate utility? So... This other utility can handle this task, but nLite cannot? And that's OK?

Don't hate me just because I know how software should work.

Mara, you make no sense, and you are ASSuming just like the others.

shroom

shroom reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

@Undesired Username : there are some explanations for each component you're removing. If you had read them (and I highly doubt of that) you would have avoided removing the activation component ;)

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v1.4.9 on Sep 1, 2008

@ Undesired Username
You need to be sitting with Captain Kangaroo instead of in front of a PC. Why would you point nLite to your Windows/Inf folder? You point nLite to the driver disk of the hardware you need drivers for or, better yet, the driver folder created when using driver grabber. http://fileforum.betanew...verGrabber/1170699160/1

But like I said, you need to leave programs like this along and order your pre-installed software from Dell or somebody.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v1.4.8 on Jul 30, 2008

I love nLite! This was the best. I just used it to make a new Recovery disk for my laptop that needed SATA drivers and you had to use a floppy that doesn't come with it. I took it from Vista back to XP Pro, nLite saved me hours of fighting and about 30 bucks.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v1.4.8 on Jul 28, 2008

I know I'm supposed to have blood-engorged organs over this software, but I'm rather upset that it just wasted my time. I painstakingly configured everything in an ISO I created with nLite, only to find Windows setup complaining that it couldn't find the setup disc. Odd error, yes, but that's what it said. I tried again with an entirely different flavor of Windows, only to have the same error repeat itself.

I also love how when I add a SINGLE driver, by selecting the single-driver option and pointing to an INDIVIDUAL .INF file, nLite shows the path to the driver as "C:\WINDOWS\inf" and goes right ahead adding the ENTIRE "C:\WINDOWS\inf" directory to the build.

But my favorite reason why nLite sucks is that it can break Windows Activation. I found myself unable to enter my product key and have it accepted, and even unable to use the WGA utility that is supposed to be able to fix such errors, after building an install with nLite. I'm not talking about a highly-tweaked install where I stupidly deselected lots of stuff; I am talking about a simple slipstream of SP3 with no other changes!. After that huge hassle (before realizing the problem was nLite), I did a manual slipstream, reinstalled, and was able to register and activate WinXP just fine.

You saved 30 hours, I wasted 30 hours.

Let the ad-hominem attacks commence!

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v1.4.6 on Jun 17, 2008

About video games:

People may be interested to know that I still had stuttering in most games despite, during my troubleshooting, installing ONLY Windows XP Pro, the minimal drivers and a single game.

I ended up trying MSCONFIG (Start, RUN) and ran in diagnostic mode. I ran ALL of my problem games just fine. In fact even my benchmark apps were much higher. Initially I had no sound until I started turning things on.

I'm still troubleshooting, but if you have any stuttering issues try running "msconfig" (start basic) and see what happens. If things improve you have software issues. I'm currently rebooting and turning certain Services and Startup apps off but I'm narrowing down the issues.

*Again, a FRESH installation of Windows XP Pro and the minimal drivers still had issues.

My system:
MCE 2005 (basically XP Pro; tested SP2 and SP3)
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
Gigabyte HD3870 512MB
2GB DDR3200 (400MHz)
AMD X2 4800+ (2x2.4GHz)
Creative Audigy 2 (tested onboard sound as well)

drivers used for minimal installation:
-latest NVidia main chipset
-AMD/ATI version 8.5
-Creative download for Audigy 2
-AMD (initially none, then Cool 'n Quiet and dual-core optimizer)

*Note: I have NOT identified the problem yet. If you DO have stuttering, here's the basic troubleshooting:
1) Start->RUN->"msconfig"
2) Diagnostic Startup
3) Stuttering solved? (YES-> Continue, NO-> Fresh installation with minimal hardware, drivers and a problem game)
4) Enable half the Services and RESTART
5) Stuttering back? (disable half of the ones you enabled. Continue in this manner until you discover the issue. Write it down.)
6) This troubleshooting is called the "half-split" method.

Points:
-It's possible your system might not like some hardware you have and changing drivers or removing certain hardware will solve your problem.

-Vista is slightly different and I haven't yet tested it. One cool thing is that you might wish to identify ONLY the video and audio apps necessary to game and you might get XP performance using Vista with its extra stuff turned off.

-Sorry to be long, but I hope this helps. I recommend copying this and doing a little reading Google/Wikipedia on any questions you might have.

-Troubleshoot with 2 games that the stuttering is quick and easy to get to (you'll reboot a lot). I used Neverwinter Nights #1, Far Cry and periodically 3DMark2000/2001/2006.

-Write things down.

-Create a basic image using a program called Acronis True Image 10/11 or similar to easily restore Windows. Make another one later with more apps for easy installation to a clean environment.

-*I've used nLite extensively in the past and MAY do so again to remove problem areas (to avoid "msconfig" if feasible which is partly why I created this LONG comment.

Good luck.

jmrowe74

jmrowe74 reviewed v1.4.6 on Jun 13, 2008

Just to add to my previous comment has anyone try to make an Office 2003 SP3 Slipstream disk yet and if so let me know what steps were used in creating it?

nuhi

nuhi reviewed v1.4.5 on Jun 7, 2008

cricri_pingouin, next time search and ask.
That is a known Windows limitation, not an nLite bug. Read the help next to the OEM Preinstall button on the Unattended page and use Forum for bug reports.

OEM Preinstall:
"...if you load RAID/SATA drivers from a floppy disk using the 'F6' method then you must disable this or you'll get a corrupted sys file message when loading the drivers."

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v1.4.5 on Jun 5, 2008

Exactly the same problem as pleva, whom I'll quote: "have a problem with RAID F6 install. Drivers works fine during early setup, but during Copy phase hangs".
Slipstreaming my SATA drivers into my XP CD was my number 1 objective. Following the numerous glorious reviews since pleva's may 2006 review, I thought that by now it would be a piece of cake for nLite. Sadly, it seems that I was mistaken, and my rating reflects my disappointment.

Nuhi: the fact that what I discovered the hard way is a known issue on the forum doesn't change the fact that this "missing" vital function (which I didn't qualify as a bug) negates a lot of the advantages that could make nLite appealing to start with.
Besides, a list of functions really needed is presented early on. "Need to load drivers with F6" should be included, which should prevent enabling OEM preinstall. Users are given the feeling that this selection screen eliminates conflicts, yet they are expected to read every single message for every option selected where more conflicts are documented?

MickyFoley

MickyFoley reviewed v1.4.5 on May 8, 2008

All words a human could say are nothing to that, that this program is.
But i say it: Best of the best ... and for free. Nothing could beat nlite in this category .... nothing! And it's one of the most powerful apps i know.

Rated 5 (sadly no higher votingvalue available)

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v1.4.5 on May 8, 2008

This app makes slipstreaming a breeze. Also good for integrating SATA/RAID drivers as well. Something that was still missing from XP SP3.

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v1.4.5 Beta 2 on May 7, 2008

SP3 final is out, how about that?
Anyway, superb!

Tenoq

Tenoq reviewed v1.4.5 Beta 2 on Mar 17, 2008

Still awesome, and keeps getting better. Vista users might want to check out vLite. It's only in it's very early stages, but can help remove some of the fluff from Vista installs too.

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v1.4.5 Beta 2 on Mar 17, 2008

I want more removals! Windows isnt light enough :P

Anyways 5 stars for an excellent program.

sld

sld reviewed v1.4.1 on Dec 12, 2007

Welcome to the club roj. :)

Besides a failed experiment with a much earlier version (1.1 I think), this program has always exceed my expectations with innumerable customisations, reductions and more importantly, stability.

This with ryanVM's pack is unbeatable. I'm awaiting XP SP3.

roj

roj reviewed v1.4 on Nov 5, 2007

I wasn't a believer.

I am now.

FIVE stars for a lifesaver.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.4 RC2 on Oct 11, 2007

Sweathog:
Not quite -not even close. Windowblinds is the best way to get a nice gui. Nlite is not for how your pc looks, it is for reducing an installation which is the very thing which bloated Msoft has NEVER offered.

yourmum

yourmum reviewed v1.4 RC2 on Oct 11, 2007

I'm very wary of using a program that modifies your system files in a manner like this...your likely to find trouble when you try to update your system or try to install a demanding product..though, in light of this, its a very good idea, and it looks like it will be handy in the future. I don't intend to be formatting anytime soon (if you have to format, it means you dont know what you're doing!), but hopefully can try it out.

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v1.4 RC on Oct 8, 2007

@stisev
Not quite. For the best looking XP, you need this:
http://fileforum.betanew...XPize_Lite/1110557578/2

and this:

http://tornado5.devianta...-Element-5-0-5-29511577

@constust
As much as I love nLite (and as much time this utility has saved me), you have a point about the failure to fix the handful of non-working tweaks. Though you can always gin up your own registry tweaks, you really can't give nLite a 5 when it it still has those kind of bugs.

stisev

stisev reviewed v1.3.0.4 on Mar 15, 2007

Use nLite with these three utilities (see below) and you have the best combination HANDS DOWN

http://fileforum.betanew...%5B%5D=2&os%5B%5D=3

sniggle

sniggle reviewed v1.3.0.4 on Mar 14, 2007

Can't format without it.

Minor changelog:

v1.3.0.4

* fix: Index error during driver integration
* fix: ftemp file missing during hotfix pack integration

Kal-El

Kal-El reviewed v1.3 on Mar 5, 2007

A must if you use windows, keep up the good work nuhi!

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v1.3 on Mar 5, 2007

Wonderful. Have been using for close to 3 years. Since I found this, I haven't bothered installing a vanilla xp on my home system and I never plan to do so again. I've had a few minor issues, but nothing system crippling. I think nlite is very safe and if you learn how to use it you won't have many problems. If you don't know how to use it then you should stay away.

xer0

xer0 reviewed v1.3 on Mar 5, 2007

Ive always like this program
Its been nothing but good to me
No complants here

kronix2

kronix2 reviewed v1.3 on Mar 5, 2007

A great way to integrate every hotfix and apps like WMP11, Messenger, IE7 etc. into a bootable CD. You can also enter your details to create an unattended install, disable services, install themes, and tweak hundreds of settings. Very easy to use.

Ain Soph Aur

Ain Soph Aur reviewed v1.3 on Mar 5, 2007

the best tool you can get :)

Howell

Howell reviewed v1.3 RC2 on Jan 17, 2007

Excellent ! Everything else has been previously said ;)

benyahuda

benyahuda reviewed v1.3 RC2 on Jan 16, 2007

I actually think nlite is a perfect "10".

Slipstreaming service packs and updates is a good enough reason. That's what the first "5" is for.

The other "5" is for the incredible "BS" ability of this absolutely essential application.

I use this to make re-installation disks in a quasi-production environment. It saves hours and hours every month.

It took me a few tries to learn how to use this application safely. But once learned, I have never looked back.

I'm glad that nuhi is still maintaining this even with vlite up and coming.

Thanks nuhi, and keep up the excellent work.

vixen69

vixen69 reviewed v1.3 Release Candidate on Jan 3, 2007

"slim down the OS by removing components" BS
BS?? OMG, that's the main beauty and purpose of this little proggie! Different strokes for different folks :)

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v1.3 Release Candidate on Jan 3, 2007

One person's "BS" is anothers beauty. A great way to install XP the way YOU want it installed. Do I need to load in all those graphic drivers when I have my cards driver CD sitting right here? Do I have to install WMP when I never ever use it? Must I install a bazillion different languages when I only speak English? Now...not if I don't wanna.
Author always listens to suggestions, & a forum full of good info on tweaking your Nlite install CD.It's all good!

sld

sld reviewed v1.3 Release Candidate on Jan 3, 2007

roj, you seem to give the impression that you're slowly eating your words.

A number of these 'greasy kidz' are probably in more respectable occupations than both me and you.

If you cannot handle advanced OS stuff (I concede that you have technical ability in other areas, including audio), you still don't have to diss half the world out there who knows what they are doing with nLite.

roj

roj reviewed v1.3 Release Candidate on Jan 2, 2007

I have to change my tune on this utility, albeit in guarded fashion. For slipstreaming drivers and utilities, it has no peer. I would NOT recommend using the various "removal" options because as far as I'm concerned, that's kids playing with fire - and greasy kidz at that.

However, for those truly beneficial functions iterated above, it is sheer excellence.

FOUR stars - it would get five but it has all that "slim down the OS by removing components" BS.

oakleez

oakleez reviewed v1.3 Beta on Dec 20, 2006

Aires: so he's not allowed to rate this program a 5 if he also enjoys vLite? YOU are the idiot. The vLite project is made by the same guys, and is also great software... BOTH of them are a 5, moron.

Aires

Aires reviewed v1.3 Beta on Dec 20, 2006

Previous comment n/a as hadn't seen the excellent stuff comment.

slickandy

slickandy reviewed v1.3 Beta on Dec 20, 2006

Excellent stuff!

And now, there's vLite for Vista too: http://fileforum.betanew...tail/vLite/1164826848/1

sQin

sQin reviewed v1.3 Beta on Dec 20, 2006

4x4mad4x4, thats your problem. Rate your knowledge "1", not nlite . I reduced win2k, winxp installiation size to ~140mb without any problems.

itmozart

itmozart reviewed v1.3 Beta on Dec 19, 2006

Excellent!

Sidenotes:

1. Several tweaks don't work, at least on some Windows (i tried on several ones).

2. Never ever remove drivers. I removed some of them which were explicitly of no use for my pc, and still had great problems. As drivers stay quiet in the .CAB, there is no reason to strip'em.

4x4mad4x4

4x4mad4x4 reviewed v1.2.1 on Nov 1, 2006

I've tried three times to reduce the size of a Windows 2000 install and an XP install and each of them wont even run.
I removed only the obvious bits that I didn't want - played it safe.
I'm pretty disappointed or maybe I just did something wrong

decmk

decmk reviewed v1.2.1 on Oct 31, 2006

Exelent Program but Windows Media Player 11 Final don't work.
Waiting for update.

bgronas

bgronas reviewed v1.2.1 on Oct 31, 2006

Lovely program. When can we see this for Windows Vista?

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v1.2.1 on Oct 30, 2006

This is a fantastic, superb piece of software. I found out about it in 2003, and since then have never did a default xp cd install again.

nlite will let you customize windowns to your hearts desire.

constust

constust reviewed v1.2 on Oct 30, 2006

Tweaks are still broken. Why even have them in there when they have NEVER worked?

benyahuda

benyahuda reviewed v1.2 RC on Oct 3, 2006

For my last re-build of XP I used nLite to trim the source XP of unneeded extras and services. Then I used Ryan VM's update pack to add the 40 odd updates from Microsoft. Then I added WinMerge, The Font Thing, Foxit, Encrypted Address Book, Registry Backup, TrueCrypt, Unlocker, Karens Directory Printer, Nirsofts Shortcuts Manager, Registry Optimizer, Registry Tweaker, Resource Hacker, Universal Extractor, WinRAR, NotePad++, and Start Button Renamer all to my XP CD. This XP installed from inserting the CD into my drive and rebooting in 9 minutes. All my wanted updates and a few drivers and applications that I like to have available immediately on install in 9 minutes.

That may seem to be maybe going overboard with my description, or maybe a fanboys boasting, but it's not. There are people criticizing nLite for their own inability to use this relatively simple application. It really should not take a user all that long to become proficient with it, And begin tailoring their own installation CD's. You can use RW's to avoid having to use up piles of CD's over time. And if you wish you can make your 8-in-1 or whatever your flavor install DVD's

It took me about an hour from starting out to a burned CD. If you were rebuilding an installation source just to add a couple months worth of Microsoft updates, a few newer drivers, and maybe a new application or two that you might want at hand directly after installation, it probably could be done in half an hour. And you would save literally hours of updating and installing. I cannot understand why anyone is still using their out of the box XP installation disks. Even if all you want to, or dare to, do is kill SFC and maybe add the UXTheme patch you will end up with a full XP install CD that will likely install in less than 10 minutes. What's not to like.

Thanks nuhi, you have probably saved users millions of man, or woman, hours since you began this project. And you are still making it available as free/donation ware. For that I have to say thank you, Ryan and friends are included in this thanks. Keep up the good work.

Someone reviewed v1.2 RC on Oct 3, 2006

i'm never again installing off a standard windows cd... why would you?

with nlite you can integrate SP2 and by using autopatcher xp you can add all individual hotfixes and patches between then and now!

tweak it, remove uncessary stuff (its pretty good about warning you if you try to turn off something important) and if its a personal CD you can even make it an unattended setup... just AWESOME!

lumaan

lumaan reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 27, 2006

nLite dos what the user want it to do.

And a safe way is by having windows still running while trying out the nLite version of windows.

This is the best program to "play" around with your installation of windows *and lean how windows work* to get a windows only for your system.

benyahuda

benyahuda reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 27, 2006

nlite is one of the few applications I consistantly rate as a "5".

freegoo, Mastertech, nlite is a very good trainer for teaching the curious much of the what and how of Windows. nlite can help teach a person to 'dare' things like slipstreaming, creating unattended install CD's, however many in one install DVD's, adding your own drivers and removing the plethora of useless drivers Microsoft has to include because someone somewhere needs one of them, and my personal favorite - an XP CD which will do a clean install in 7-8 minutes.

nlite does not necessarily create an installation which runs all that much faster. But it can use much less space and even be more stable. Use the forums where nlite and Ryan's VM are hosted to find out the best starting points. Use your friend Google and even Microsoft to find out just what is likely to be affected. And if you don't know and really don't want to find out, just don't.

But don't rate an excellent application like nlite low just because you do not understand how to make good use of it. You may have had negative reactions to it. But nlite only did what you asked it to do. And it most likely did just that and extremely well too.

OAKsider

OAKsider reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 26, 2006

Excellent, solid program. Perfectly integrates service packs and updates, especially RyanVM's packs. nLite is a must-own app for fresh, unbloated XP installs.

And well said, Richardky. If in doubt (freegoo), do not risk it and everything will be great. Not the program's fault in the least, it does what it's told (very well).

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 26, 2006

freego obvious isnt a advanced user since he removed something that crashed his computer :)so he needs to take his own advice and simply stay away... and stop rate something based on not knowing what your doing ...

love this app my hats off for keeping it free and constant improvements ... thanks to nlite my OS runs lean fast and clean ... and happens to be more stable by knowing what to remove :)

freegoo

freegoo reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 26, 2006

Actually, Mastertech makes a valid point. nLite should be attempted by advanced users only, and then only with great caution. It may seem that Windows is fine after an nLite install, but then after some random program install you get crashes, speed issues, or worse.

I recently dealt with a video card problem where we tried EVERYTHING including 2 RMAs and couldn't find the problem. Worse when I plugged in an ATI video card the system performed normally. It wasn't until I installed a different firewall and my Antivirus program started crashing that the problem tracked back to something removed from XP with nLite. Only way for me to fix it was to reinstall and NOT use nLite. A LOT of wasted time, because really... how many people think back to something they did 6 months ago that didn't raise any issues at the time.

The funniest part, XP is running awesome with all the "bloat"... there MAY be a slightly slower loading time than one of my early nlite image installs... but it's certainly not worth the trouble. So let me modify my recomendation a bit, don't try this unless you are an advanced user AND have an old computer setup (less than 1 gig ram and 1.5 ghz cpu). And then I would recommend upgrading those two components over going through this.

peterj1978

peterj1978 reviewed v1.2 Beta on Sep 26, 2006

Great software just getting better.

Maybe Mr.Mastertech shouldn't be using computers at all since they can be broken, oh wait that goes for about everything in the world too.

WhiteZero

WhiteZero reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 23, 2006

So Mastertech gives this a 1 rating because some ignorant user could screw up his windows boot disk.
Thats user error and has nothing to do with the programs function.

Learn to write a review man...

kurtthegreat

kurtthegreat reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 22, 2006

It is a nice program, but someone who knows nothing on the subject could screw over their computer.

Mastertech

Mastertech reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 20, 2006

Incredibly dangerous program since many of the components in Windows interact in ways that are not fully documented and understood. Removing the wrong component can permanently break functionality in critical aspects of Windows. I am curious as to how many nLite installs strip out the Task Scheduler Service and cripple the Windows Prefetcher?

slimy

slimy reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 19, 2006

@DatabaseBen, you don't give a piece of software a 1 because you don't know how to use it. That's bs. Go read a guide on the website.

5/5 I just used it today and it slimmed down an x64 installation perfectly.

sld

sld reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 17, 2006

Instead of being curious, maybe install the program and take a look at the failsafe options, or browse the stickies on the forums?

Granted, this program digs deep into the innards of Windows, but if you're using this program, and you know the risks, you're supposed to be sensible or geeky enough to clear issues on the forums first.

'Geeky enough' includes knowing how to decompress DLLs from a default installation disc.

DatabaseBen

DatabaseBen reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 17, 2006

didn't work on my new acer laptop.... got error msg when searching for win installation..... so i uninstalled it.....

Mystenes

Mystenes reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 17, 2006

i can't live without it!

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 13, 2006

And the lovefest continues-- just when you think nothing else can be added..& stay tuned for what's in the works...unbelievable!

orthy

orthy reviewed v1.0.1 Final on Jul 13, 2006

Great tool if you know how to use it.
German Manual:
http://www.orthy.de/inde...mp;id=963&Itemid=85

mayakovski

mayakovski reviewed v1.0.1 Beta on Jul 12, 2006

This is noted on the bottom of the download page at nLite's site.

http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.0.1 Beta on Jul 12, 2006

#1.0.1 changes
new: Catala and Urdu interface language
new: 7zip, Zip and RAR compressed addons support
update: Internet Explorer 7 beta 3 integration support (XP only)
update: Sereby Pack integration support returned
fix: Textmode driver integration (if it worked for you in RC8)
This textmode part is the guilty one for this update.

teaser:
Oh and 1.1 beta is in the works, this is only a portion from it, it will be updated in a day.

Someone reviewed v1.0.1 Beta on Jul 12, 2006

simply outstanding!

i hate releases without changelogs though....

nordlicht

nordlicht reviewed v1.0.1 Beta on Jul 12, 2006

I love this tool. NLite, what would I do without you? The new release has not much more than the last, but there's not much room for improvements yet. ;) Good software is good software at all.

wognum

wognum reviewed v1.0.1 Beta on Jul 12, 2006

nothing on the nlite site :(

skualpa

skualpa reviewed v1.0 on Jun 28, 2006

(fra) Très bon, à utiliser avec un logiciel d'émulation de machine comme VMware pour voir le résultat de son image XP avant de la graver.

(eng) Very nice, to be used with a virtual machine software like VMware to test your XP image before burning it.

rcutnik

rcutnik reviewed v1.0 on Jun 26, 2006

My precious time (and I bet many others' too) has been saved by this tool!
I use it at both, home and work. :)

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 on Jun 26, 2006

w000t! Time to reinstall windows!

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v1.0 on Jun 26, 2006

Brilliant. So easy to use and works perfectly.

Nice to see a "Final" build.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.0 on Jun 26, 2006

Everyone should have someting like this-- very user-friendly, yet also sufficiently complex for corporate environment needs. Awesome product.

AlanS2001

AlanS2001 reviewed v1.0 on Jun 26, 2006

Finally it hits version 1.0 Final. Yay for nLite!

billweh

billweh reviewed v1.0 RC8 on May 31, 2006

I recently bought a machine that had SATA drives and had XP Home installed. I wanted PRO and had no floppy drive that would allow me to specify the SATA drivers during the setup. So my only choice was to find a way to slipstream in the drivers so that I could install off of a CD.

This program works fantastically. I was able to put together my install CD, inlude my various other drivers and when the install was done, all I had left was a few extra hotfixes that I hadn't included in the install.

I used it again to make a new install CD for my old original XP install CD so that it had SP2 included and when I rebuilt my old machine, I was able to install it with everything without having to download a gig of data to patch the darn thing.

I highly recommend this to anyone who has to support systems and only has an old CD and wants to get the latest hotfixes and service packs slipstreamed in.

Now if I could just find something like this for SQL Server I'd be the cats meow. ;-)

pleva

pleva reviewed v1.0 RC8 on May 20, 2006

Still have a problem with RAID F6 install. Drivers works fine during early setup, but during Copy phase hangs. After 2hours i decided to try other CD (my original CD with SP2) and it works fine with RAID.
I just slipstreamed Ryans post SP hotfixes without customizing install any way.
When this (RAID and other storage)will be fixed I will rate 5 :-)

ranasrule

ranasrule reviewed v1.0 RC8 on May 15, 2006

simply amazing

TC17

TC17 reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Apr 19, 2006

This latest is *very* buggy to me. I just wasted hours making my bootable cd, only to have 90% of the addons not even install. Yet they are all in their programs directories, just nothing in WindowsXP itself.

I'm tired of wasting time on this program.

It STILL does not correctly use the Network name you tell it to use when you configure it. I don't think the author cares.

crashoverride

crashoverride reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Mar 28, 2006

Ran this on both a 32 and 64bit Windows machine. Works like a charm on 32bit but fore sure leaves something to be desired on 64bit. I took almost a full minute for to load after clicking the icon. The best way I can describe each window loading after cicking next is like loading a web page on dialup. Typing the install location in is required to select it.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Mar 6, 2006

Aires: You mean like he did for the 1.0rc7 release? What bugs are you referring to?

This program is invaluable. If you've ever had to get XP to run on a 233mhz, then you know what I'm talking about. With this you can gut so much out of your computer that that 233mhz will be playing fullscreen Xvid's in no time. :P

(...well, not quite, but a 333mhz can!)

Aires

Aires reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Mar 6, 2006

It really is a good program - no doubt at all about that. But the author bless his cotton socks listens far too much to the users and introduces too many new options and features. It may be only 5-10% buggy but that's still too buggy. 90-95% stability for a piece of software like this isn't sufficent - not by any means. nuhi needs to listen less to users clamours for new options and features and really needs to concentrate more on ironing out the bugs. I'll say it agin, it really is a good program - no doubt at all about that. But the author needs to listen less to users and concentrate more on ironing out the bugs.

Babylon2x

Babylon2x reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Mar 6, 2006

An invaluable tool. Finally the ability to choose nearly every component of Windows, remove or keep what you want. Customize settings so you don’t need to during setup, integrate service packs, hot fixes, even your serial number. Reinstalling Windows just became a lot less painful. With the ability to create a bootable CD image on top; well, what more could you ask for?

wognum

wognum reviewed v1.0 RC7 on Mar 6, 2006

works pretty well... :)
wish i could remove more, though ;(

TC17

TC17 reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Feb 23, 2006

At first I might have given this a 5, but after using it for a while, I don't feel it deserves that. It has some bugs and the author ignored my question about fixing one I have (such as it does not correctly use the network name you choose during setup).

The one good part of this program is being able to integrate Windows update files so you don't have to download them after the install, and being able to enter your CD key automatically. Otherwise all the other addons are just a waste of time, as by the time you reinstall Windows again, most program addons you burned to the cd are outdated and need updating again.

distinguished

distinguished reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Feb 7, 2006

I prefer xplite for the computer I use, and nlite elsewhere. It's great for slipstreaming, and the other things xplite doesn't do.

wognum

wognum reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 31, 2006

well, the program says my windows installation just got 300 mb smaller. However, when i open explorer, and right-click in the WINNT dir, it looks like my WinXP got slightly bigger..?

how is this possible?

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

the only thing I hate is my disc I created was non bootable would not start when I rebooted the computer ,,, so back to useing the xp cd.
but then I said why do this crap when I can use nortons ghost and make this even better:) and not have to go through all the crap..... disc image backup way to go Acrions or Nortons ghost

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

Orbit...........507 satisfied folks-- and then came you... singing: I did it my way.............

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

Very nice utility, but they don't need to be adding junk like IE7 previews, wait until it goes final.

tremens

tremens reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

never had a major issue. what kind of error are you getting?

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

OrbitOne: You could post on their forums - they have hundreds of knowledgeable users, and usually one is ready and waiting to help at all times of the day.

What can I say about this? It makes XP run fast on a 333mhz laptop.

OrbitOne

OrbitOne reviewed v1.0 RC6 on Jan 30, 2006

I've never gotten this program to work for some reason, from as far back as SP1.

Doesn't seem to take a rocket surgeon to figure out the options, but for whatever reason(s), I end up with new coasters everytime I try it.

Ah, well. It's a great idea for those who can get it to work.

Edit:
I get varying errors. I've tried not uninstalling things like Windows Messenger, etc. probably around 10 or more different cd's worth of efforts.
This last time it just stopped dead on: Checking system at the very beginning.
ANd then the power button wouldn't even shut the computer off. Very strange. Very.
It's not like I'm new, I just don't have joy with nLite, that's all. I'm glad it works for others, like I said, it sounds like a great concept. I'm sure others have had non-working experiences, just because they haven't written to say so.

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v1.0 RC5 on Jan 10, 2006

10 stars **********

Kal-El

Kal-El reviewed v1.0 RC5 on Jan 9, 2006

tested and works great with XP_PRO_32 and XP_PRO_64. Awesome program nothing else really like it.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v1.0 RC5 on Jan 9, 2006

Weeee...

stisev

stisev reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 25, 2005

Theee best!

tremens

tremens reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 24, 2005

to below:
It gives the option for OEM distribution, not difficult to implement yourself assuming the programs support silent installation(spybot and messenger i know do)

that's what the Unattended RunOnce (GuiRunOnce) section is.

Budgie29

Budgie29 reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 24, 2005

I have found this proggie verry helfull,but I feel their is one major drawback

Being able to configure Nlite to install 3rd party Apps ,Such as.

KAV,outpost firewall,MSN Messenger 7.0.spybot search and destroy etc etc (thoes apps which we have to install after installing windows)
then being able to update thoes apps as updated versions come along being able to apply updated virus siginatures
would be great help

protowall

protowall reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 24, 2005

haven't tried this 1.0RC4 in x64, but RC3 would crash. If I run in in 32bit winxp it works fine. its a good program, just needs to work in x64 also.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 23, 2005

This is a significant, major, major upgrade-- we've all been waiting with baited breath for it. A must-get, and 5 does not do this great work justice.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 23, 2005

I've been using nLite for about a year now, and just recently started using HFSLIP.

I'm now the proud owner of a Win2k that resumes from hibernation in roughly 10 seconds(Power button to opening a program).

Las1K

Las1K reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 23, 2005

This is a very well made, very useful piece of software. I reccomend it to anyone who installs windows themselves, and professionals that have to do mass-install's it really speeds things up.

cowgaR

cowgaR reviewed v1.0 RC4 on Dec 23, 2005

I don't know if anyone thought how big potential this application have, if VISTA comes in!

Today I don't need it much (I am so used to todays windows I can config everything blazing fast in hour or 2), but according to Vista information you could remove:

- cooking help with pizza preparation wizards
- Pluto exploration navigation and Sputnik20 launch preparations
- robotic automation with satelite navigation guides
- oracle database wizards with remote XML administrations :-)

and other 1000 goodies comming to bloat Vista...we can't call XP bloated in comparison. THEN it will be great application to use! And I am expecting big critisism to Vista at launch, so I hope this programm be ready to make Vista a good name after diet!

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 30, 2005

the best freeware ever built i thank you the creator
for such a app and every build and all the time you take to make this available for free !!

orthy

orthy reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 7, 2005

German Manual is here / Deutsche Anleitung:
http://www.orthy.de/orth...amp;order=0&thold=0

SamiChang

SamiChang reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 7, 2005

Very nice program, I was able to reduce my XP installation file to around 170MB. Without those components that I never need. XP seems to be more reliable and responsive after using nLite!

Orbitration

Orbitration reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 7, 2005

Seems when I tried removing modules, like Webfolders, for instance, I get errors during installation saying, "Can't find Webfolders".
I had to use another installation cd to finish.
I tried 3 different versions, and the only one that installed all the way was a simple slipstream of SP2.
Don't know what happened, this program used to work fine.
One of the altered cd attempts copied all the files ok, but then went into a loop at reboot, starting all over again, not good at all.

So, if you're just using this for slipstreaming SP2 or a driver file, I'd try it, but don't depend on it to do exactly what it claims without issues. Try the new compilation on a non-critical machine first.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 7, 2005

Great piece of software, slick interface and does just what it advertises. Perfect to make for a system you format often, with all that systems drivers automatically installed. WARNING - do not use for production environments. Slipstreaming hotfixes using Nlite often causes installations of Windows that ask for the original CD when installing certain programs, and these prompts won't accept your customer CD, the original CD or a service pack / slipstreamed CD. GREAT for home, BAD for IT work.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

Slimmed my windows down to 300mb on disk, and it runs 100% of around 200 programs.

Works like a charm!...just be prepared to wipe a partition and reinstall every time you mess things up. :P

deadmonkey

deadmonkey reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

httpd.confused: I totally understand what you are saying and I would not advise you use this on a mission critical system either however the product does what it is designed to do very well. That is why I give it 5 stars. If people wish to use it on servers or thier primary system then that is their choice. This application does a good job at removing parts from the OS pre-install.

As httpd.confused and Roj said though, this tool isn't developed by Microsoft, it is buy a third party person who doesn't know everything about the Windows OS. The application does have a lot of prompts to warn the user though so the author has done a good job in warning users about the dangers of modifying certain parts of the OS.

A great tool to play with Windows at a much lower level that with TweakUI, etc. Just make sure you don't rely on the system you tweak with this as it is totally third party and unsupported.

complexity

complexity reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

You can slim windows xp down to about 250 mb's with this program. And I haven't ran into any errors. If its your own computer and you want to get the best performance out of it. Then do it! Only takes about 15 minutes to install xp after you slim it down that much anyway.

I agree though, you will run into problems, if you heavily rely on the operating system. I mainly use linux, so I don't fully use my windows operating system.

If you are planning on using this on a friends computer, or anything. You really should know what you are doing!!

Good program though!!

CyberHobo

CyberHobo reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

Does a nice job of slip streaming service packs. However, beware of what you remove. You will almost certainly face some problems removing too much.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

Great application. It surprised me how much I can remove from the default installation and this is coming from a Windows 1.0 and up user!

PetePat

PetePat reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

Omg my new toy is here, yay mummy thank you. Bad http.confused is talking very bad things about my new toy, but as stupid kid that i am im just going to use it.
Until you write better program for this purpose or maybe if I get 100 hours to tweak fresh install of windows xp this will do....

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v1.0 RC3 on Nov 6, 2005

The only review below that is worth a damn is roj's. He hit the nail straight on the head; and I think you have to be nuts to rely on this thing, especially on any system to be used for serious work.

But I do love how some people always rail against any naysayers by claiming that they are "newbies", or some other nonsense. Really kids--stop the childish rants; it only makes you look like an insecure fool.

The truth is that really knowledgable people (like roj) know enough not to trust this thing, and also know how to configure and alter their Windows installations after setup, without botching things up beyond recognition.

You think you're "clueless" if nLite isn't "essential" for you? No, just the reverse--you're "clueless" if it is. (Please have enough reading comprehension to realize that I'm not slamming anybody who uses nLite.)

stisev

stisev reviewed v1.0 RC2 on Nov 2, 2005

Holy s***. This program rules! 5/5!

benyahuda

benyahuda reviewed v1.0 RC2 on Nov 1, 2005

I too would give nLite a ten if it were available.

Once a user has become familiar with XP or 2K3 (I have not tried it on 2000). The next and most important application the user should familiarize him or herself with is nLite.

With nLite you will learn more about Windows than MSFT ever wanted you to know.

Sleek and speedy, or fat and sloppy, Nuhi gives you control of YOUR Windows install.

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v1.0 RC2 on Oct 31, 2005

Along with Bart's PE, this is the most essential software for all but the hopelessly clueless Windows XP user (of which several have posted reviews below). nLite will save hours of install and allow you to customize a fresh install, complete with drivers and tweaks, to your heart's content. Highly recommended!

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 29, 2005

IMHO the best software of it's kind. Very useful :)

ye110mann

ye110mann reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 28, 2005

This program does so much modifying that it's almost guarenteed that you'll run into one bug or another. It gave me more headaches that it was worth. Now the only think I use it for is to create iso's.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 5, 2005

Oh so useful! The unknowledgible could really mess their systems with this, but hey, they can do that with "My Computer".(And if they can run and install this, they probably know enough to understand it.)

I'm so happy with my Win2k! 1.5gb 'C:\WinNT' -> 240mb 'C:\Win2k' :)

w00tness! And to roj, my computer actually crashes less for games. Microsoft stuff doesn't run...but hey, I didn't need IE or MS Office anyway. My boot time was cut down to a quarter, and better yet, some games are giving totally funky responses to crashes. With Dr Watson removed, games like Warcraft III(with can have extensive JASS scripts built into custom maps) sometimes crash due to poor code. My system responded totally weird and did not do much for a dozen or so seconds when the map crashed Wc3 right after the generating of a save code - meanwhile everyone else crashed to desktop right away.

I got my save code with a screenshot, but everyone else got screwed! Better than normal performance, if you're lucky or have any clue what you're doing.

-Kramy

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 4, 2005

I will take the time for every release to give this the rating it deserves which is 10 stars for one of the greatest and most used freeware that exist ... with a little basic knowledge you can create a very toned down windows thats is actualy more stable faster and tailored to your needs...anyone whom would give NLite less than a five star rating obviously have not never tried it ..and probably never should ..

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 4, 2005

roj probably must be having every possible type of hardware connected to his computer, which is why he would find a slimmed-down XP uselesses :P

Anyways, jokes aside, nLite's been so useful for me since the past few years- it made me do stuff that would generally not be possible without.

Using nLite, I make special XP builds specific to each computer and I got tremendous responses- Their newly customized XP gave the best possible performance, no matter what the hardware. True though, you can't really have a one-size-fits-all build, but thats the reason why this program exists in the first place.

Still in beta (now RC1), and yes, still a few bugs here and there- but no bug is big enough to make this program recieve any lesser rating- so 5 stars and Hats Off to Nuhi!

GoodThings2Life

GoodThings2Life reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 4, 2005

roj, you obviously haven't even tried to use this software, so what was your point in a review? Had you tried this software at all, you'd know it's been in "beta" for a really long time now because of exactly what you said... the developer and testers are spending a lot of time with multiple builds of Windows trying and testing out dependencies. Before you post, try doing a little research before spouting off nonsense.

This application does really well at what it advertises and is being tested thoroughly before a "final" release is made.

MoeRL

MoeRL reviewed v1.0 RC1 on Oct 4, 2005

Sweet!! RC1!

mrmatt

mrmatt reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 27, 2005

"This crap still needs the .NET framework installed. People were complaining about this" = "im to dumb to read the authors site before I type"

kashin the .net platform is a virus, spyware even please convince all the people you know who use computers.Never install it kashin. Fingers crossed when all current versions of windows have .net by default we lose the idiots that blame developers for trying to be forward thinking.

nLite has always been a great app and its getting better. Thank you nuhi and anyone else involved for developing a great app.

burfadel

burfadel reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 27, 2005

This programme is excellent and it getting better with each release. To that comment from the dimwit about .NET, he claims he has not go a programme that requires it. Of course he hasn't, he's been avoiding them as he has been avoiding using nLite. Its actually good that the author has been dabbling with .NET, as its evolution will be the programming choice for Windows Vista.

Isn't the reviewing about the function, availability and performance of a programme? Would he rather pay for software that does exactly the same thing rather than get an excellent programme as freeware?

I give full marks not only for the programme in total, but for every area of the programme such as the interface, ease of use, functionality.

There is only one thing that is a little annoying, but its not the fault of the writer its Microsoft. I would love the ability to incorporate WMP 10 in the install, then the updates on top of that. Currently you can streamline the WMP10 updates without having WMP 10 installed which can cause some problems.

sld

sld reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

The framework is ONLY a 20 MB download, and unless you're a developer, an install-and-forget piece of software.

The ingenuity and usability of nLite far outweighs the fact that u need .NET. I'm one of the majority who wouldn't think twice about installing .NET if I want to use nLite.

In any case, I'd rather the author fix every bug with nLite first, then even start to consider porting the program to VC or something. If you want to boycott nLite, your choice, and you're the poorer for it.

Robinson4e

Robinson4e reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

nLite does a great job sliming down XP. It also slipstream post service packs and drivers. The review below saying you need .NET to install, that person hasn't read or researched at all. Do not pay attention to that review, they have no clue.

on the nLite main site you will find Alternative Runtime (v1.0.2) files which you install to the same folder as the main nLite install and you are good to go.

link - http://www.nliteos.com/files/runtimes.txt

palo_

palo_ reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

Not perfect, but very useful. (I tried to keep my review Lite) :-)

kashin

kashin reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

This crap still needs the .NET framework installed. People were complaining about this and I remember the author announcing a while back that he was going to port it (to VC I think) so it would no longer need it. Then he got lazy and went back on his word, basically stating it will always require the .NET framework.

Also, if you try posting on their forums about this, you get flamed by all the fanboys and get your topic locked with some snide remarks from the author. I speak from personal experience here. He locked my topic, saying most programs will require the .NET framework in about six months, so I might as well install it. No thank you! Guess what, it's been almost a year and I still don't have a single program that requires it.

fair_is_fair

fair_is_fair reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

Huppel.

What is the linux rant about? What does linux have to do with nlite?
Nlite has nothing to do with linux.

Nlite is a terrific program. It allows you to remove components of windows you do not like or need - its a personal preference. I have made new install cds for all my computers with sata drivers and service packs incorporated. I do not like Dr. Watson or Outlook Express, so I do not include them. I do not need any other language support so I leave them out to save space. The list goes on.

Linux operating systems have come along ways. I use linux almost exclusively but I still need windows installed for a couple of chores. Take a look at PCLinuxOS if you want a top notch operating system for free.

In closing; you cannot beat Nlite for what it does. Anyone can use this tool and it works. Good work Nlite!

huppel

huppel reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

Amazingly stupid !
The Linux campain against Windows is trying to get a foothold by all possible means -pathetic !

Why would I get rid of the goodies that come with Windows ?

If you don't want these goodies, if you do not even want Windows at all ... go to Linux, no problem with me, but let me be pleazzzze.

I have always been very sceptic to "things like Linux" who want to gain market share by trying to put their established competitors into a bad daylight.

It is sooooo cheap !
And it came to my knowledge that they try to get the attention (that they try to convince people) who are not at all aware of what it is all about.

I have sent proof of that to MS.

s.h.a.r.p.

s.h.a.r.p. reviewed v1.0 Beta 6 on Aug 26, 2005

it's not perfect, but it adds a new level of fun to my frequent reformats. i'd like to see better hotfix integration and more comments on the options. can't wait for the final release.

Jeremy of Many

Jeremy of Many reviewed v1.0 Beta 5 on Aug 26, 2005

v1.0 beta 6, just keeps getting better and better.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is out of their mind.

man_Friday

man_Friday reviewed v1.0 Beta 5 on Jul 18, 2005

Yep, do like the program and should deserve a 5 but the SATA/RAID intergration does not work for my MSI K8MM-V (VT8237R chipset). Cannot install Windows into box with only SATA drives.

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v1.0 Beta 5 on Jul 18, 2005

FANTASTIC PROGRAM!!!!!
made so many backups up to date, drivers, hotfixes... nothing to say, but... EXCELLENT JOB!

PaceyPimps

PaceyPimps reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jul 12, 2005

I agree its the best software for 2005. Made my pc so much faster and took off all the junk I always wanted to take off. Very easy to use.

I just have three questions.
1. How do you remove IE?
2. Can you have Nlite install other software like WMP10?
3.I have XPSP2 but i not sure what hotfixes i need after SP2 cause i don't want to download ones that are already install in XP.

Things I want to see in the next version.
1. Easier way to save configs of multiple Pc's for instance I have a config for laptop and a different on for work pc and home pc but how nice would it be that when you go though choosing what to remove you could tell the program remove this one for my work and laptop pc and not for my home all at once so i did not have to go though the config 3x.
2. Have a .rar of all the hotfixes after SP2.
3. Give better info on what to turn manual off or automatic on the services like BlackViper.com descriptions.
3. Burn the bootcd without additional software.
4. For Nilte to extract the current drivers of the PC you are working on so that it installs those drivers when you do you clean install without installing all the other ones that you are not using

DLX

DLX reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 17, 2005

It is rather obvious that cousinkix1953 has not tried nLite not does he have any idea what nLite does, he is just trolling.

nLite is a must-have for every proffessional and hardcore amateur. So far it has been for me the best softwate released in 2005. It makes installing Windows much easier - consider the situation: install XP to 25 (different configuration) machines. Normal: I install Windows, then spend 30 min on every machine, changing settings, updating, etc etc. nLite cuts that time to maybe 5 min.

Just out of curiocity, I tested how low I can push Windows XP memory use. With nLite and some tweaking, 18MB. Sigh. Makes me wish that MS engineers/programmers/developers would re-think their approach and wonder if users really need ~60MB useless junk loaded to RAM...

Mystenes

Mystenes reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 17, 2005

@cousinkix1953 Are You sure that You understand what You are saying?

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 17, 2005

Wow cousinkix1953, that was uneducated from you. If you'd even tried it you'd know that you CAN'T remove the stuff it lets you remove from windows - you have to prevent it from being installed in the first place or you get an unstable system.(From multiple program dependancies, etc.)

What I'd love to see in this is better support for different OS's. I like to do everything on Win2k, and having to work on "yee old PII" to alter stuff is a little annoying.

cousinkix1953

cousinkix1953 reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 16, 2005

What a waste of time. This program did nothing but "run in a circle" after the installation process. Nothing was accomplished. It's easier to remove the windows packages from the control panel instead using a piece of crapware...

GoodThings2Life

GoodThings2Life reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 16, 2005

Great utility, overall! Makes this process so much easier.

Two things of interest though-- I wish the author would fix the integration of hotfixes... specifically, you either have to do them all at once, or not at all, because otherwise it doesn't update the svcpack.in_(inf) file properly and excludes previously included hotfixes. Oops! Unfortunately, if 2 updates update the same file(s) then 1 of the updates doesn't install properly with nLite unless you've manually edited and fixed your svcpack.inf file.

Also, I wish instead of overwriting the WINNT.SIF (unattended answer file), he would import the existing one's settings and just append/update it appropriately.

For both... perhaps an "Advanced" option that allows users to view/edit the svcpack.in_ and HFINT.DAT files directly before compilation would help.

mmebane

mmebane reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 16, 2005

I guess this means there will be a stable 1.0 soon? I sure hope so!

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v1.0 Beta 4 on Jun 16, 2005

Oooh.. This beta came a bit too late. Even as im writing this, there nLite b3 is running in the background hung up at the "Integrating Hotfixes" screen...

Oh well.

bekaye

bekaye reviewed v1.0 Beta 3 on Jun 16, 2005

Excellent tool!

S0me0nesmind1

S0me0nesmind1 reviewed v1.0 Beta 3 on Jun 16, 2005

That doesnt mean give it a bad rating you retard. This utility isnt for you kid.

wingo

wingo reviewed v1.0 Beta 3 on Jun 15, 2005

new version out, this one is not OK.
nLite 1.0 Beta 4. i've tried it.

cocoflan

cocoflan reviewed v1.0 Beta 2 on Jun 9, 2005

Still super, tested it on different versions of windows

greetings cocoflan

Achdine

Achdine reviewed v1.0 Beta 2 on Jun 9, 2005

Changelog:

v1.0 beta 2
general

* new: Macedonian language
* new: Corrupted CAB auto recovery
* fix: net*inf file missing on browse in win2k
* fix: Advanced Keep box
* fix: UsbPort Patch (swapped settings 250/500)

components

* new: Active Directory Service
* new: Ali IDE BUS Driver
* new: AOL ART Image Format Support
* new: Beep Driver
* new: CMD IDE Bus Driver
* new: Intel IDE BUS Driver
* new: Modem Support
* new: Network Provisioning Service
* new: Toshiba IDE Bus Driver
* new: VIA IDE Bus Driver
* upgrade: Internet Explorer (Movie Maker was dependant)
* upgrade: Accessibility
* upgrade: Multi-port serial adapters
* fix: Help (System Restore)
* fix: Ethernet Drivers (Netgear brand kept)

fair_is_fair

fair_is_fair reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on May 29, 2005

I have a custom install disk made up for each computer thanks to Nlite. Nlite is an amazingly easy program to use. You would'nt believe how much unnecessary crap you can choose not to install. Makes for a fast and lean machine. Great work Nlite!!

Enord

Enord reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on May 29, 2005

Used this to make my current installation. I'm never going to use my original CD for an installation again, with all the work of customizing it after install. This software is excellent.

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on May 29, 2005

Excellent! Finally, the much needed x64 support!

Martin L

Martin L reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on May 28, 2005

the best just got better.. :D

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on May 19, 2005

It's perfect . I'd like to add programs too , though . maybe put in gaim and firefox etc.

Still a masterpeice program . I really needed this , Thanx . Its pretty newb friendly ...Great work ..

tremens

tremens reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 15, 2005

has worked great for many versions now! to Taxis: Alternative Runtimes available on home page.

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 15, 2005

yes winxpsp2 does,but the biggest partition size you can set is 160GB(you will need at least two partitions)

kanenas

kanenas reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 15, 2005

nuhi and rvmupdate the amazing duo!!

ch0jin

ch0jin reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 15, 2005

Very usefull programm. The documentation kind of sux because there is no real description what will happen to you if you exclude this and that windows module (the existing documentations do more confuse in this points).
The fact that you have to install .net Framework is a other bad point about this. As fare as i understood dotnet is not part of SP2, but well if the installation runs good, i don't have to install framework again :D
My first installation with a consumized windows cd was about 7 month ago. the first problems are comming up now since my system don't have the recovery point feature and i moved the system partition to a other HD. time for a new installation.
reg4rds

ps: anyone knows if winxpsp2 automatically detects that the HDD used, need 48bit clustering (200gb device)?

taxis

taxis reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 15, 2005

Very good idea, only the requirement to install .NET framework (not optional ;) ) in order to use it makes it useless to me.

Electrick Gypsy

Electrick Gypsy reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

Just what I've been looking for.
Thanks "Jeremy of Many" for pointing me to the homepage for alternative runtimes.

chinch

chinch reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

amen to jeremy's post below. why are people still b****ing about the .net framework? get used to it, it's NOT going away anytime soon. plus, if i'm not mistaken, isn't it installed with SP2 anyways? which the MS deadline for installing SP2 has passed and you now lose the privilege of windows update as you are now forced to install it. if you're going to going to download nlite in the first place you're going to need to add SP2, and i strongly recommend RyanVM's hotfix bundle to add the post SP2 updates to this baby, then let 'er rip.

on to the program, the program i agree is excellent, i've used it, and it did exactly what it was supposed to do. i slipstreamed SP2 and the hotfixes (again, using RyanVM's priceless work). installation of Windows XP was complete in FIFTEEN minutes.. that's from putting in the cd to being ready to install apps.. and that was on a P3 1ghz. it slipstreams SP2 and the hotfixes smoothly, allows you to remove useless drivers you'll never use, which bloat and slow your installation.. it even allows you to 'tweak' the OS pre-installation. so thank you to the author for this program, having my new "nLite'd" XP cd has (and will in the future) saved me a lot of time and hassle! good stuff!

adamlau

adamlau reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

Requiring the installation of .NET or its runtimes is a detriment to this otherwise useful utility. Bootable ISO and slipstream support (I prefer bcd ISO creation and cmd integration & slipstreaming) differentiates nLite from the single-executable XPLite (preferred over nLite) and xpy (limited in features). Take off a point rating for it being a bloated 12MB, including runtime files.

zuG

zuG reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

Brilliant.

Jeremy of Many

Jeremy of Many reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

Alright, I have to set you n00bs straight about nLite.
SorenMD, users can easily download the "nLite Runtime" files from the nLite homepage if they dislike Framework. I do. The runtime files are basically a collection of only the essential files from Framework needed to run nLite. The package is just under 5 Mbs and installs instantly. Just for the issue you have complained about, which I have just resolved for you, you give nLite a 1/5? Even with all the functionality it is capable of? Obviously, you were raised only to accept things perceived by you as "perfect" or you put them in the garbage.
Jaelanicu, nLite obviously doesn't use the most advanced coding in the world, and it doesn't have to. It's not some sort of M$ Server / Database / Network program now is it? It removes crap from Windows. The code itself is not buggy like it is in hundreds of other ridiculous programs that claim they can increase your security or performance. Any bug in the code is immediately fixed by Nuhi and a new Beta is released. So whatever. At least you gave it a 3 as opposed to SorenMD's poor review.
Now it's my turn. nLite versions come around about once every month and a week now. Nuhi puts sooo much hard work for every version over maaany months and yet, despite any situations in his life and education, he remains determined to satisfy his fans and make Windows XP into the excellent OS it was supposed to be from the start! SP2 Slipstream (flawless, quick), Integration of Hotfixes so you don't have to download any after installation), Driver Integration so all your hardware is ready to go after Windows Boot), Remove 160 individual components!, Do Unattended Setup so you can go have a quick snack or make a phone call, come back and Windows is booted, Tons of Options and Tweaks to completely customize things you didn't know existed in XP! 5/5 from me always. Wait, there are 6 parts to nLite, so where's the 6? ;)
Eat your heart out everyone! nLite is THE BEST!
Edit - I just tried to make a new post but I have to edit this one. For you people who want to give nLite a lower rating than 5 just because of the need for NET Framework/Runtimes. C'mon, nLite is designed to be used in the final 30 minutes before you reformat. Are a few extra MBs _just before_ you wipe your partition THAT big a deal? Stop being so picky. Also, don't give it a bad rating because of a bug, they are fixed almost immediately and well, as I said in my original post, back in Flawless Land. If you're just plain careless about the process, then you have only yourself to blame for any conflicts that happen. nLite Pwnz!

andy03

andy03 reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

brilliant just got better :-)

bonedaddy

bonedaddy reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

.net framework, yes, then 576mb of sp2 reduced to 149mb........ and a lighting fast install. And room
for 500mb or so of additional programs on one CD....
YOU BE THE JUDGE......the Bonedaddy

Martin L

Martin L reviewed v0.99.9 Beta on Apr 14, 2005

The best out there to reduce your windows.

jaelanicu

jaelanicu reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 5 on Apr 8, 2005

Good program but it's concept is agaist its own. Lack of coding experience.

SorenMD

SorenMD reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 5 on Apr 8, 2005

What the F**k is with the fact that you have to intstall BLOATWARE .NET Framework?!!! Get that poo out of here!

mrc

mrc reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 5 on Mar 30, 2005

Think this is the best program there is, i've never seen such app.. it can do almost all the modifications i always do when i've just installed windows.

I give this the highest rating (ofcourse =D)

englishmen

englishmen reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 5 on Mar 22, 2005

This app is GREAT i cannot believe how a individual however talented can make a program not just the best for what type of program it it but just as a bit of software the quality and standard is just brilliant with more option and tweaks then you can shack a stick at. One little wish tho would be for the integration of software as you can already integrate drivers and windows hotfixes i think software would just round it of nicely.

Someone reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 8, 2005

Not bad at all. Finally can strip away all that garbage from both my WinXP and Win2000 station. Only suggestion I would make is to have it for Win2000 users to integrate new versions of IE and Media player. I'd give it five stars if it can do that.

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 4, 2005

Yeeeehaw! Install WindosXP in less than 10minutes! Awesome!

robertguda

robertguda reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

no download problems whatsoever, no install problems whatsoever and finally no operating problems in short a very good and usefull app aka lifesaver...

andy03

andy03 reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

good one :-)

kerebos

kerebos reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

Brilliant app, i managed to get a xppro install to 200 megs :)

dougau

dougau reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

Gets better with every release!!

anti00Zero

anti00Zero reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

it's good. but xplite is better. because you can reinstall the components

Someone reviewed v0.99.8 Beta 4 on Mar 3, 2005

5 stars THE BEST OF ITS KIND!
I can't wait for 1.0!!

stisev

stisev reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 27, 2005

I downloaded thos program just how powerful it is.
The best just got better.

AntPJ88

AntPJ88 reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 27, 2005

i really like this software its very good but i have a funny problem with it, basicly when ever i try and install Windows after slipstreaming it using this product, as it gets to the "CREATEING START MENU ITEMS", it just frezzes and stops ... i don't quite now why it does this would anyone like to fill me in? but other than this, this product is very good shame about that problem :(

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 23, 2005

removes XP bloat slipstreams ...add your own needed drivers that are not included in XP..your own personal Xp Install CD...creates an unatended no Hassel CD....oh and its (FREE),,no wonder the author blocks stupid posts when people nag about silly things...Good Job Nlite..i will install .net and be happy for such great freeware ...Thank YOU

gkadel

gkadel reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 23, 2005

Helped to Install A SATA Hardisk on
a computer with a floppy drive..

andy03

andy03 reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 23, 2005

latest version is great :-) if you want to use this program you should research the components that you remove... if you know what you are doing there should be no problems!!

computershack

computershack reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 23, 2005

XPLite from www.litepc.com does a far better job of stripping windows installs down and doesn't need the .NET behemoth installing either. When I used nLite to remove components it trashed my install, something XPLite never did. Still, I've given it a 3 because it is excellent at slipstreaming and building a custom install ISO. Just beware when removing components...

Aires

Aires reviewed v0.99.8 Beta on Feb 23, 2005

You do NOT need .NET installed anymore kashin. And anyway so what that you needed to previously anyway? This is to create a slimmed down install disc of XP. Just install .Net, make the disc and then uninstall it. Quit whining!

kashin

kashin reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Feb 6, 2005

Be aware that you must have the .NET Framework installed just to run this thing. Considering this program is supposed to help you _slim down_ your Windows installation, why do I need to first bloat my system with .NET to do so? The author of this piece of junk is real friendly too. He locked my post on their message board for asking that exact question. Guess we're not allowed to have an opinion about his work unless it's positive. He reasoned that in 6 months every piece of software will need the .NET Framework so I should just install it. Please, if that were the case, wouldn't Microsoft include it in Windows XP Service Pack 2? In the past 18 months I have come across only two programs that require this; nLite and Norton Ghost 9. Also, this thing will allow you to remove vital components which will completely destabilize your system. Granted, if you know what you're doing and don't mind bloating your system with .NET then this might be for you. Personally I'm staying the hell away from it.

DaLurker

DaLurker reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 18, 2005

Security, speed, customization, driver intergration, un-attended install, etc... and all this with space for several personal programs on one CD. Ultimate install CD.

Highter

Highter reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 18, 2005

A wonderful tool that helps you remove all the things windows doesn't need to run. I made a 151MB windows XP that works for office and games.

TwoTailedFox

TwoTailedFox reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 18, 2005

Some use nLite for lowering the size of their OS. Others, like myself, use nLite's built-in Service Pack Slipstreaming, Hotfix, and Driver Integration services, as well as the new tweaks section, to keep all the components of XP, but make it so that the OS has all needed components from the Get-go.

It's an Excellent Application, and completely trounces XPLite, it's Pre-Install approach a novel, and successful. The only criticism I can think of is it's reliance on the .NET Framework, but I'm hoping that will be sorted soon ^_^.

Jeremy of Many

Jeremy of Many reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 17, 2005

I started wondering if I could remove components from Windows years before I even found out about nLite. The first program I, now regretfully say, stumbled upon was XPLite (which has caused me many unexplainable errors without any warning). Once a friend told me about nLite, I instantly fell in love with its new "prior to install" approach. I've been supporting this application since June 24th, 2004. I have never had very many errors with nLite. Only because of my own absentmindedness. I've only ever made one coaster and that was my first CD I ever made back in June because of one of the bugs that was present at the time. I cannot begin to express my appreciation to the developer (Nuhi) for all the enormous amount of time and effort he's put into this program and into helping users on the forums (Something XPLite fails to do). You can slipstream SP2, Remove a current total of nearly 150 individual components that when altogether removed, reduce your ISO to about 98 MBs with SP1 and 104 MBs with SP2!!! Integrate your hardware's drivers, hotfixes, apply tweaks to get a more "Home Sweet Home" feeling at the initial loading of Windows after install completion! This program is nearing its non-beta v1.0 release as Nuhi continues with the uttermost determination to fulfill this program's purpose furthermore and satisfy and even exceed user demands and desires!!! I don't really think its fair to give this program any lower than a 5. You can't give it a low rate because of your own stupidity or absentmindedness, and I don't think you should rate it low because of a bug it has at any given time since that bug will be fixed anywhere's from the next day to a week later and you're back in Flawless Land. This Program Is A GodSend Made By One Man For Free. Excellent!

fair_is_fair

fair_is_fair reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 17, 2005

This is an amazingly simple, step by step program. I just created a brand new install cd with my sata and usb drivers and service pack incorporated. I was also able to leave out loads of crap I never use like Outlook Express, media player, language files, etc. Nlite even makes the iso image ready to burn with your fave program (I used Deepburner -free). I could not be more pleased. It should get 6 stars.

madxcream

madxcream reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 16, 2005

Nicholas440, did you even try this program? Nlite will integrate drivers, even raid drivers. I know, I have an abit IT7 with raid built onboard to the motherboard, I integrate my raid drivers just fine with Nlite. I don't use Nlite just to reduce my size, but to make an unnattended cd, with tweaks added and all my drivers. I highly recommend this program to try out, great program, great support here: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=89

Rated 5

Terence

Terence reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 16, 2005

Nicholas440, are you from neowin or xp lite website? I mean you give 1 out of 5. Ridiculous. I can imagine why you hate this application.

Have a nice day.

AlanS2001

AlanS2001 reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 16, 2005

I give this program 5/5 just for the ability to create a slipsteamed iso, without having to go into command line. All the extra stuff is a bonus.

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 15, 2005

This app is definitely not for newbies to play around with , if you don't know what it's for, or how to do a little homework in the NLite forums.
But you now can have the ability using Nlite to remove all the extra Microsoft garbage that you never use or want BEFORE you install 2k/WinXP on your computer. Now, finally the END USER can configure 2k/XP the way THEY want it.

Nicholas440

Nicholas440 reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 15, 2005

If you have a motherboard with a RAID controller on it and you have to press F6 to install your version of Windows then FORGET this nLite because you cant do unattended installations with it unless you know how to modify a setup text file and add your RAID Drivers manually. They dont tell you this before you download. Go to the nLite website and visit the Forum, you will be able to see what NOT to take out of your installation.
If you remove the Internet Explorer core, most of your applications that need to use it wont work.
So you really need to know what you can and cannot remove. Personally for me, Windows XP PRO fits just fine on an install disc. I dont see a need to reduce the file size down to 150 mb or so and if you do I guarantee you that a lot of your programs will not run after your install.
In my opinion on a scale of 1-5 I rate it a 1, and dont see any use for this. Get XP Lite , it allows you to remove messenger, outlook express and a lot more. If you're concerned about disk space then go out and buy a bigger hard drive but dont waste your time on this program, especially if you want to do an unattended install and you have a RAID motherboard.

razorhasyou

razorhasyou reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 15, 2005

Nicholas440 doesn't know much... I've 2 diffrent computers with RAID, and It works great. The only thing you need to do, is to integrate THE CORRECT DRIVERS, and everything will work, and you DON'T NEED to INSERT A FLOPPY when you're installing windows.
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Works so damn good! :D

I removed almost everything and added all my drivers.
The result:
ISO image size: 147MB (when z7: 124MB)
The Windows install took 7 min.
Boot-time: 12 sec.
Windows folder size: 350MB (Before, ~1.0GB)
I'm very happy with Windows now. Before I thought it was slow and s***ty. This is one of the best programs out there. If you can't get it to work, you're probably a n00b.

SFAMonkey

SFAMonkey reviewed v0.99.7 Beta on Jan 15, 2005

This is so much better than nlite 9.6.
9.7 works great yeah there are few bugs but check what your removing

Aires

Aires reviewed v0.99.6 Beta on Jan 6, 2005

Then go to the forum and let the author know mancub.

mancub

mancub reviewed v0.99.6 Beta on Jan 6, 2005

Ehile trying to down load and enstall this progran ,my xp pro told me it has a fatal error in it ,i de/re/stall a couple of times but ,it was not haveing it

biohazard_Pegasus

biohazard_Pegasus reviewed v0.99.5 Beta 3 on Dec 31, 2004

Works without a hitch! no bug's; flaws; or defects of any kind! Great Program...!

kristoff

kristoff reviewed v0.99.5 Beta on Dec 15, 2004

Excellent application, the one i've been waiting for all the time!! I found no errors yet, it works as you click your left mouse button.
It's kicking ass, dude!

YinCh

YinCh reviewed v0.99.5 Beta on Dec 15, 2004

Very interesting and useful software. But can anyone tell me how long it takes to re build the ISO file? Mine is taking more than 2 hours and still not finished. :(

NyaR

NyaR reviewed v0.99.4 Beta 2 on Nov 17, 2004

great app, very time saving especialy for network admins or people who have a lot of computers. Installing windows without the useless bloat can increase security and performance, and save you a lot of time!

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v0.99.4 Beta 2 on Nov 17, 2004

wow great app where you been all my life.

ajaydsouza

ajaydsouza reviewed v0.99.4 Beta on Nov 15, 2004

One word describes it. Excellent.

Not only can you reduce your Window's installation, but you can also add your own files to the new ISO that it creates.

As a test, I slipstreamed Service Pack 2 to my original Windows installation and then added the lastest .NET framework and nLite installation files to the ISO.

Tried out a fresh install using the ISO that was created. Faced no problems with the installation.

Only downside is that it needs you to have .NET installed, which is a 20Mb+ download.

bishyb

bishyb reviewed v0.99.4 Beta on Nov 15, 2004

Doesn't really get any better for Windows users :D

Also great app for benchmarkers ;)

andy03

andy03 reviewed v0.99.4 Beta on Nov 15, 2004

best windows reduction tool available... and its free!!

fourte3n

fourte3n reviewed v0.99.3 Beta on Nov 1, 2004

Great program, I have been making my own XPCD with my favorite programs included and without this little beaut i wouldn't have gotten anywhere. A must have for all techs and geeks.

JerryC

JerryC reviewed v0.99.1 Beta 2 on Oct 14, 2004

This program is very good. I used it to slipstream the new SP2 to Windows XP cd. So next time , when reinstalling Windows , SP2 will be installed same time.

fdv

fdv reviewed v0.99.1 Beta 2 on Oct 14, 2004

This software automates component removal, simplifying a task that other (non-free) software does _after_ installation, and accomplishes what my process does at vorck.com in a far simpler fashion. And it's FREE software (as in cost).

Caution: if you're not in the habit of reading much, you'll think that there is no way to update Windows after removing IE, or that removing IE makes your system unstable, etc. ALL of these criticisms have been answered in the forums. (Use Daisy at vtwug.w2k.vt.edu/daisy.html for updates).

Right now, nLite is XP only, but 2000 and 2003 support will be returning. This is by far the best and most flexible software for component removal, I'll admit I think it's even better than my own (which is Win2000 only, for experts, and not nearly as user friendly).
FDV

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v0.99.1 Beta 2 on Oct 13, 2004

Actually you *can* remove OE & I.E. while leaving behind the functionality needed for other apps. Just read thru the Nlite Forum, all info is available there.
Nlite is the best thing since XP !!

jacjan

jacjan reviewed v0.99.1 Beta on Oct 12, 2004

While you can remove IE and Outlook Express, you lose the abillity to use windowsupdate.
I`d love to get rid of IE and OE, as they suck, and are the main two reasons for computers getting viruses today. (imho)
Nlite though, is very nice :)

citrus

citrus reviewed v0.99 Beta on Oct 4, 2004

actually i had that problem to

you have to select option to remove

i.e. if you want to remove game check it

what i did wrong like 4 times in a row was check everything i wanted
then i had nothing but problems

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v0.98.8 Beta on Aug 29, 2004

Oddish -

It sounds like the prob with your install CD isn't the fault of Nlite - but more the fault of you not doing something right. You obviously didn't read thru which files can cause problems if removed. That's what the Nlite Forum is for. Go in there & ask for help if you have a problem. Many many people are now using this app with great success. No, it isn't for newbies, but with a little patience and some reading, you can compile a great XP install disk, and leave the unwanted junk behind.

Oddish

Oddish reviewed v0.98.8 Beta on Aug 28, 2004

I've tried this application two times, and both times it has given me nothing but trouble. I've created two install discs with nLite, and when using both of them, the windows XP installation has asked for files that are not on the CD. The last CD I made with nLite, even "shell32.exe" was missing. A complete disaster of a program, that should not be used if you want to create a reliable installation CD.

Aires

Aires reviewed v0.98.8 Beta on Aug 28, 2004

nLite really is a fantastic tool. The only niggle I have is that too many features are being included and not enough bugs are being ironed out. I think nLite has reached a point at which squashing the bugs are now more important than introducing new features. The unattended section needs a lot more work and refinement. While it's abundandtly clear that the author understands many things about XP that we never will, the unattended section leaves a lot to be desired and I'm not sure the author fully grasps what can be done with it. That being said, overall it's an absolute must have tool that will endure the test of time - why Microsoft has never been able to produce something like this is beyond me. It makes a complete mockory of their claims that IE &/or WMP can't be removed from Windows. Shame on Microsoft and kudos to the author.

Nehemoth

Nehemoth reviewed v0.98.8 Beta on Aug 28, 2004

Waoooooo...What a great App, its really amazing..

Install XP without IE???...Yupppppp.

Thanx...Thanxxxxx It Awesome...

let me try this new build

Neoprimal

Neoprimal reviewed v0.98.7 Beta 2 on Aug 26, 2004

NLite is a priceless tool when it comes to slipstreaming and trimming down your windows installations quickly and easily.

I only found a few problems, and they aren't bugs. 1 is that nlite has a few options that will throw your 'final' disk off a bit. I'm sure it's easily fixed, but the 2 most annoying things are the admin autologon which keeps happening forever (where admin is automatically logged in after the install, even after you create other uses AND disable the welcome screen) and also if you don't disable windows file protection (it will bug you to death after you install most programs in windows).

I have yet to figure out the proper set of selections to have nlite make me an unattended install that doesnt bug me in some way (but I think that's my fault mostly, so I give this super proggy a 5). It does what it's supposed to, and does a really good job. Just PAY attention to those options. (OH!, also, the theme patcher screws the windows installation, so don't check it till the next nlite version).

TechSys

TechSys reviewed v0.98.7 Beta 2 on Aug 15, 2004

I love it. It does have some problems, but that is why it's beta.. It did not remove outlook express and IE like I wanted it to, but it did everything else. It cut my install of XP from 37 minutes to aprox. 10 minutes. It is not for the weak hearted or newbie, as they'll probably have to get audio, video, lan drivers after install... No errors, OS is more stable and seems faster than ever. Keep up the good work.

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v0.98.7 Beta on Aug 12, 2004

Wonderful program. I just finished modifying a custom WinXP Pro SP2 CD and trimmed it down to a whopping 185MB. I will be doing a fresh install of everything this weeked. Can't wait. :]

Lariat

Lariat reviewed v0.98.7 Beta on Aug 12, 2004

Nice little program, does what it says, and does it well.

Really, who plays that silly pinball game anyway?

philco

philco reviewed v0.98.7 Beta on Aug 11, 2004

Nice little program. Slipstreamed XP SP2 Final onto it super easy and I was able to drop all the fluff from the OS. Got a nice little 255 mb install disc. just need to back up my documents and junk before I do a fresh install. Can't wait!

One thing I would like to see is a utility to slipstream RAID drivers onto the disk. I've seen other How-to's and they tend to be a little too involved for me.

hte123

hte123 reviewed v0.98.6 Beta on Aug 8, 2004

Great program. It does the slipstreaming to, so you dont have to install the servicepacks later on. Thats 60 minute less to install...

One bug: creating an iso file with long filename doesnt work: isofile.iso works, lightisofile.n3.iso hangs the program on my pc.

chickenlump

chickenlump reviewed v0.98.6 Beta on Aug 8, 2004

One of the best programs I have ever downloaded. It completely trimmed all the crap from my XP install CD, resulting in a faster, unattended installation, and a faster running OS, taking up less HD space, and less memory thanks to it's service remover.

(If Nuhi is reading, don't add an ISO burner to the product, it's slim and fast, and doesn't need bloated 'extras' like that... ((Iso burner...HA!)) )

Zoptrix

Zoptrix reviewed v0.98.6 Beta on Aug 8, 2004

"All it needs is a cd burner for that ISO!"

No, it does not actually. WinNT series can be installed from a FAT partition in DOS. (http://www.bootstrike.com/WinXP/dosinstalling.html) If you don't have a FAT partition, you can create one without losing data with Partition Magic. (6 stars)

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v0.98.6 Beta on Aug 8, 2004

All it needs is a cd burner for that ISO!

waynebike

waynebike reviewed v0.98.6 Beta on Aug 8, 2004

This program is awesome, i can now have XP installed in like 10 minutes instead of 30. If you remove certain features of xp you get tons of crazy errors, but thats not the programs fault, i think you just not sposed to remove certain parts.

TC17

TC17 reviewed v0.98.5 Beta on Aug 7, 2004

This program is buggy. You need to follow the guide on the authors website. Such as creating a directory named XP_DATA to store the files in, otherwise it won't create the ISO file.

After creating the cd. Windows prompted me at least for 6 different files that are missing. I didn't tell it to remove any of the features either. The only thing that seemed to work was it installing the auto cd key.

Jasyl

Jasyl reviewed v0.98.5 Beta on Aug 6, 2004

I love this program and it is an answer to the msfn guide to unattended XP install that I have never been able to master. Unfortunately I got this error on multiple attempts: Line 41 of winnt.sif is invalid. Any ideas for a frustrated wannabe shrunken unattended XP installer?
Thanks.

SFAMonkey

SFAMonkey reviewed v0.98.5 Beta on Aug 5, 2004

I love the program. Yes you could fill in your info and it will make an answer file. I can't wait for sp2 so I could slipstream it and Install all of my games.

Youngy

Youngy reviewed v0.98.5 Beta on Aug 5, 2004

does this have the facility to add an answer file?

like one created here: http://unattended.msfn.org/xp/winnt_sif.htm

Aires

Aires reviewed v0.98.5 Beta on Aug 4, 2004

There's not a lot more to say that hasn't already been said - just gets better and better (if that's possible).

If you encounter an error then go to the program forum and post a message for the author - he won't know otherwise unless you tell him.

arvind

arvind reviewed v0.98.4 Beta on Aug 2, 2004

Wow, never thought my windows xp could be this fast......removed all the useless crap.....
As someone said before, good to see such an original idea.

oomingmak

oomingmak reviewed v0.98.4 Beta on Jul 26, 2004

What can I say that hasn't been said already?

This is simply a fantastic piece of software, and it's refreshing to actually see an original idea for a change (instead of multiple re-hashes of the same old tired apps and utilities).

The fact that you can tune the setup BEFORE installing is the killer feature here. A lot if attention seems to have gone into the details and stability of this program.

It's simply the Mutt's Nuts, the Dog's Danglies.

icec

icec reviewed v0.98.4 Beta on Jul 25, 2004

Excellent piece of software. Custom Windows XP install discs are now a breeze :). Slipstreaming a service pack is as easy as pressing a button, and it's nice to be able to remove un-needed Windows components like MSN Explorer, Windows Messenger, etc... Nice work!

SFAMonkey

SFAMonkey reviewed v0.98.4 Beta on Jul 24, 2004

I got the program to work and I love it. I made a custom disk and installed it. It worked fine. But because I have windows from recovery disk that came with my compaq it wanted me to activate or something. In other words the I386 folder on my harddrive didn't include a file and it wanted me to activate. So I give it a five but compaq a give an 1

Dapple

Dapple reviewed v0.98.4 Beta on Jul 24, 2004

slipstreamed SP2 and my raid drivers, removed usless crap like system restore ,media player , IE,messanger, MSN,lotts of usless windows apps. Did a full unattended install, it works fine.
Windows iso is only 352meg instead of 650meg :)

This App is a must have for any serious windows user.

dkratter

dkratter reviewed v0.98.3 Beta on Jul 21, 2004

Very handy program.

marsfab: after XP setup is completed, if you log in as "System", it doesn't create a new account. The System account is the local administrator account.

bluemomentbass

bluemomentbass reviewed v0.98.3 Beta on Jul 21, 2004

Tried running the install, but nothing happened. Apparently you have to have framwork installed to be able to run the setup. FYI

Mark Gillespie

Mark Gillespie reviewed v0.98.2 Beta on Jul 20, 2004

Pretty neat bit of kit..

Dabble. No need to remove the .NET framework, is does nothing nasty to your system, allows you to run feature rich apps like this (and many other neat apps), and is certainly not 100Mb (20ish).

As a developer, everything I do now is in .NET, and it's the way any serious software development is heading. Get the framwork and leave it installed, you will regret removing it.. Personally, I find it frustrating that Microsoft are not including it in the SP2 as standard...

pvolk

pvolk reviewed v0.98.2 Beta on Jul 20, 2004

Just... WOW. This prog is AMAZING and allows you to create your own custom windows install disk! it can even integrate service packs RIGHT INTO THE INSTALL! so as soon as SP2 comes out im making a new custom install disk!

Dapple

Dapple reviewed v0.98.2 Beta on Jul 20, 2004

Great app , only downfall is that net.framework crap (100meg)you have to install to run it. Best idea is install that crap,use this app then do a new install :)

marsfab

marsfab reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jul 2, 2004

Marvellous piece of software.

I stripped my Windows XP pro, removing all the ad stuff, s*** features and fill-the-cd garbage...it ended up on a 195 MB iso.

I installed and got a 415 MB Windows folder and a 20 MB programfiles folder.

On VMWare the OS is now loading in 10 seconds and shutting down in 2 seconds !

And i could choose exactly the drivers i wanted to be on the cd; and i removed enough features so that i didnt have to add another account in addition to the admin one; and I can remove all the folders i want; and although I dont use the .NET framework, i wanted to check, and, i cant believe it, it could still be installed, no matter how hard windows was stripped. Same for DX9.0b...

It really means the guy making nLite knows what he's doing on each feature.
Keep up the good work !

100elements

100elements reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 29, 2004

I'm amazed at what this little piece of software can do. I love the option of entering the product key in so you can leave the install unattended. I recommend this for any admin or support specialist.

Llama_tamer

Llama_tamer reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 29, 2004

Ran the program and it performed without flaw. From installation through ISO creation it was very straigh forward.
The ISO I created installed WinXP Pro SP2 without all of the crap that MS floods you with at first bootup. Very, very nice.
Now I can build an XP box online without the fear of getting hit with all the new and wonderful viruses. (recent experience).
Very good program

bufftbone

bufftbone reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 28, 2004

I like the options a lot, especially the ability to integrate sp1 (or sp2) into your iso. I think what would really make it the much better would be the ability to add other programs into your installation and have them install as well (office, photoshop, etc). Does anyone know of such a program?

Aires

Aires reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 28, 2004

I created an iso of approx 245mb, thus reducing the size by approx 239mb. It's not possible for me to test the installation at the moment, but I have no reason to doubt it will work. Overall I would say that the software is 98% completed, but it's not yet perfect. This is a direct rival to XPLite and in my opinion a lot better. I'm very very impressed.

goselito

goselito reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 28, 2004

This software is simply amazing.

Also daver18qc, you migt want to check the size of your swap file if you got a 900mb installed system from a 190mb iso.

kiwibank

kiwibank reviewed v0.97 Beta (Silent Update) on Jun 28, 2004

very, very cool..running xplite install of about 245MB at the moment...without internet explorer and outlook express!!!!bye bye continuous ie6 and outlook express security issues... and all the other crap..it`s brilliant...and a simple way to make bootable cds and slipstream service packs. well done..

distinguished

distinguished reviewed v0.96.2 Beta on Jun 20, 2004

nLite will set you free from the microsoft prison. I like it slightly more than XPlite, but XPlite is safer.

daver18qc

daver18qc reviewed v0.96.2 Beta on Jun 18, 2004

This program is just GREAT ! And it works on WinXP French too (i did it...). Got a 190mb ISO file and a 900mb WinXP once installed. Simply Great.

Buggle

Buggle reviewed v0.96.2 Beta on Jun 16, 2004

I am still to test this product, but the idea of changing things befóre installing Windows (unlike most 'WinLite' programs do) sounds very good. This program seems to have all that it needs to become a nessesary part for system management.

Just remember it is in beta stage, so do not rely upon the CD's it creates!

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v0.96.2 Beta on Jun 15, 2004

Finally, you can now control what goes in when you install Windows XP onto your computer. Exclude parts of the OS you don't want/use by selecting what to install first.This is the way XP should be. Kudos to the author!

slks

slks reviewed v0.96.2 Beta on Jun 15, 2004

This is so nice.
Slipstreaming and cutting down the install size, as easy as it could be :)

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