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Absolute Bare Bones Vista for Older PCs


Matt A. Tobin
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I want to start a project to see how far we can strip vista down to make it run comparable to xp and not loose hardware/application compatibility..

Things to strip out:

-Aero Theme (theming all together)

-Inbox Apps Such as Windows Mail Windows Sidebar Windows Photo Gallery but not breaking picture viewer, contacts, dvd maker, movie maker, etc... (Keep IE and Media Player)

-Extra Services we do not simply need for a basic computer just internet/word processor/music player/email checker

I need help and testers to test configurations... Lets see how far we can strip vista without breaking things for 3rd party apps...

If anyone can help or contribute ideas for what can be removed without consequences would be helpful too... I hope this will not be a dead thread :)

So lets see how far we can tear vista down...

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First check all the boxes under Compatibility > Applications. Then try this guide:

http://www.msfn.org/board/Guide-VLite-12-R...po-t121545.html

Also see this thread for some things not to remove (for some programs):

http://www.msfn.org/board/Remove-Programs-t114719.html

And if you want wireless:

http://www.msfn.org/board/specifical-compo...-n-t123229.html

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no i like vista, it's great

but you get cack performance if you have under 2gb (superfetch can't spread it's wings) and less than two cores

once you hit 4gb, and 2+ cores, vista really flies

vlite is great, but vista does need decent hardware, fact!

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no i like vista, it's great

but you get cack performance if you have under 2gb (superfetch can't spread it's wings) and less than two cores

once you hit 4gb, and 2+ cores, vista really flies

vlite is great, but vista does need decent hardware, fact!

Agreed, i was just talking about Matt A. Tobin

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Maybe I wasnt as clear as i should have been.. my bad... and thanks to that anonymous user for the links they are helpful...

Anyway the Key Points are of this project are:

-See how far we can strip windows down...

-Remove Inbox Apps

-Remove Eyecandy where we can

-Get Vista to run on the oldest hardware effencently as possible. Just to see how far we can reduce its foot print

-Reduce Hard Drive Space upon installation

The best Analogy is it take vista to place some ware between Windows PE 2.0 and Windows Vista Stock with the Foot print of about a stock XP CD.

But with out breaking compatibility with applications that may be dependent of some core technology of windows..

Additional Things to kill

-Superfetch

-Indexing

-As many services that can be safely removed as possible

Then Create a Guide and Post it here and else ware for someone to use as a base for their own Custom Vista Installs but they can start from a base of Vista which this project will give them and if they need or want something they can add it back.

My Target Oldest Hardware would be around 512 mb of ram 1ghz Athlon or P4 and a 30gb hard drive - Now this is just a general guideline of hardware id like to see if we can get Vista stripped to a point that it would run decent on it. Now I realize that the Recommended Hardware for a base vista and more realistically would be something approaching a 1.8-2.0 ghz Celuron/Semphron 512 mb of ram and 30gb harddrive.

Reminder this is just an exparament to see just how far we can get vista's foot print down to and the absolute minimum hardware it could run decent on. And if we can reach our target then think of how well it would run on modern specs..

BTW The Aero Removal is optional I suppose just disabling it on older hardware is just as good as removing it.

Thanks again for your replys and contribution on this project.

And remember its just for fun :)

Edited by Matt A. Tobin
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running vista on older hardware is pointless
Additional Things to kill

-Superfetch

this is a ridiculous thing to remove, this and dx10 are the best things in vista

it's pointless to use vista if your pc can't handle superfetch..

Okok...so now everybody knows your standpoint. Please stop shuvving your opinion about his "experiment", it's not your call.

Edited by Clint
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