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Complete Guide to VLite v1.2 (PDF)

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.: Download:. (Mediafire)

I earlier attempted to make a guide for the services in vLite 1.6. Since then I have learnt an incredible amount about Windows and this program, thanks to users here on the forum and elsewhere. Now I have taken it a step further, making a complete guide on how to make the perfect vLite installation. It covers everything from A to Z, and includes a refined guide to services too!

Feedback is deeply appreciated. Both bad and good. ;)

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Looks pretty good I wish I'd had it yesterday fumbling my way through!

Joe

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gr8 guide :)

but

modem support should be depend cos its need to modem of cellphone if im not worng ?

very understandable for newbie users and looking nice :)

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nice guide, but mark UAC as "Unsafe", because if you remove UAC and try to set it on, your Vista will be killed.

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Very nice guide. =)

I was not able to click on the links using foxit

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gr8 guide :)

but

modem support should be depend cos its need to modem of cellphone if im not worng ?

very understandable for newbie users and looking nice :)

Although that is true, there are very few that still actually use a modem for Internet access. But because of the diversity of the countries in our world, I'll agree with you there and change the status.

nice guide, but mark UAC as "Unsafe", because if you remove UAC and try to set it on, your Vista will be killed.

Haha, who would want to turn that service on AFTER removing it? :lol: Thanks for the warning though, I'll write it as a comment.

Very nice guide. =)

I was not able to click on the links using foxit

Completely my mistake. :} I really prefer using PDF as the format, and I know it is in fact possible, so could anyone give me a hand on this one? (did try to Google it)

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It looks to be a great guide but I haven't even gotten to the steps yet. :(

Something about installing the WAIK that vista isn't liking.....

off to find the proper thread.

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@ rmhainlen: Is your problem that you are not able to install the WAIK setup, or is it that vLite won't open properly even after having done so? For the latter option, see the troubleshooting box on page 1 of the guide. :)

@ Mech0z: Really sorry for the headache that must have caused you. :o Have you tried not to check the "Dynamic Volume Manager" in Hardware Support under part 4? At the moment, that is the only component I can see having such an effect. To save time, you should try using a program called "Virtual PC". It lets you install and boot an operative system inside your running one. Don't worry if you don't get Internet access or sound in the virtual OS, since I had problems with that too when trying it.

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I got it working now, I just kept everything that had something to do with storage.

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@Randomness,

Definitely fixed my error....forgot to burn the iso to a disk.....I slept a few hours then figured out my mistake. :)

On page 3, I am trying to integrate the hotfixes and you say, "select the two which are already there."

I definitely have zero hotfixes. Is my system just not all the way updated?

EDIT:

go ahead and ignore that....just compiling it/burning to disk now.

Thanks for the excellent guide....easy to follow.

Later today, I shall test it out on a different partition.

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It would be nice to have the System names of services listed along with the Display names, similar to here: http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm The reason being that in non-English editions of Vista some of the services have localized Display names, and it is really difficult to figure out which is which unless you know exactly where to look.

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Randomness I thought you first guide was good. This is brilliant. Nice work. Now any critics of your old guide can eat it. Very helpful for the newbs to the realm of vLite'ing too. Which seems to be more and more people all the time.

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It would be nice to have the System names of services listed along with the Display names, similar to here: http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm The reason being that in non-English editions of Vista some of the services have localized Display names, and it is really difficult to figure out which is which unless you know exactly where to look.

In vLite, every service is called by its English name. I brought the link to Blackviper in the guide so that you could in fact compare services to what you got in your language version of Windows Vista. For the few who want / need that, of course. :)

Randomness I thought you first guide was good. This is brilliant. Nice work. Now any critics of your old guide can eat it. Very helpful for the newbs to the realm of vLite'ing too. Which seems to be more and more people all the time.

Thanks a bunch to you and everyone else who show their support for this. I honestly appreciate it a great deal. :lol: I planned to make a few minor updates, but first I need to know how to make clickable links in PDF. Anyone? :huh:

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This guide should be bumped and stickied. I use it every time I customize. Which has been...a lot. Thanks again Randomness.

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Excellent guide, thanks for taking the time to write it, I have just one thing to add regarding integration of windows hotfixes, I used this program : http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/ which allowed me to download the updates and then integrate them into my setup, I hope this helps anyone else who uses the guide

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MDAC is the Microsoft Data Access Components. This is a set of routines that allows applications to communicate with Access or SQL databases. MDAC has bee updated fairly frequently over the years, so it is easy to end up with an out of date version on your system. Getting the most recent version of MDC can fix various types of obscure problems with any application that uses Access or SQL data base files.

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Excellent and thorough guide but I have ran into a few problems..

I followed the guide step by step (and rechecked everything) but after install of my vista business x86 I noticed a few small problems (hopefully no others).. removed the services as suggested and only safe stuff..

After install, I notieced there was no way to add the network icons in the taskbar (tried many options and suggestions) and also the network sharing center page when clicked on in Control Panel would come up blank.. tried a few suggestions there and still couldn't get it going..

DELl Vista OEM disk..

Any suggestions on what I did wrong for future reference as I have reverted back to the original OEM disk for a new installation...

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Thanks for this guide. I was a little bit intimidated about screwing around with a custom Vista build with vLite and this alleviated some of my concern. Just got my new system components from newegg today and am building it now, and taking the leap from XP to Vista x64.

Just a suggestion, but instead of DriverMax for backing up your drivers I'd suggest the freeware Double Driver found here: http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm

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Randomness,

you can update your guide that:

it's safe to remove Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Photo Viewer. as i delete them every time and i just install Windows Live Essentials "Windows Live Photo Gallery" which will automatically install Windows Photo Viewer too.. i've done that many times with different selections

so you get it as a fresh install not a program update

thank you for you great guide

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Excellent and thorough guide but I have ran into a few problems..

I followed the guide step by step (and rechecked everything) but after install of my vista business x86 I noticed a few small problems (hopefully no others).. removed the services as suggested and only safe stuff..

After install, I notieced there was no way to add the network icons in the taskbar (tried many options and suggestions) and also the network sharing center page when clicked on in Control Panel would come up blank.. tried a few suggestions there and still couldn't get it going..

DELl Vista OEM disk..

Any suggestions on what I did wrong for future reference as I have reverted back to the original OEM disk for a new installation...

Copy your last_session.ini file from your installation disk and attach it here and we can take a look. Which network icons are you talking about? I've used this guide and can always find the standard network icon in the system tray portion of the task bar, and it's the only one I want to see. Are these the same network icons you are talking about?

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nice guide :thumbup

quick question: why did you mark 'Shell Event Sounds' as UNSAFE ??

ok, maybe some more..

'Printers' - if you remove HP Printers you won't be able to use one 'cause some hpprinters don't have downloadable drivers for vista..

'Storage Controlers' - not safe for virtuals (vmware) and some notebooks

'Windows Photo Gallery' and 'Windows Photo Viewer' - both pretty safe to remove

'Remote Desktop and Assistance' and 'Remote Desktop Client' - as i remember if you remove those you won't have the 'Terminal' service any more, and some programs need this for installation..

'Windows Firewall' - safe to remove (happy comodo user B) )

'Internet Connection Sharing' - safe..

'UAC' - you won't be able to install some drivers for some touchpads (Synaptics if i'm not mistaken..)

and again: very impressive guide, so KUDOS! :thumbup

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