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[Guide] Win7/Server SP1 - Removal With Vlite and RT Lite


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[Guide] Windows 7 - Safe WinSxS Removal With Vlite and RT Lite

and Make OS still updatable

General Notices :

1.before u apply this enable or disable feathers cos after the vlite u wont able to do that not matter if u gonna use win7 or server

[no need to apply if u choose Method 5]

2.u also want to remove comps that vlite dont remove like printers drivers

[no need to apply if u choose Method 5]

3.this guide apply to all win6.1 32bit or 64bit

4.before u delete this file u need to know its like file with some process that need to be done after doing update or removing or adding packages mostly not effect the system


Till now we get setup problem at the end of the setup on windows 7

"...windows could not configure one or more system components..."

Vlite with Component Cache (winsxs) remove all winsxs dirs and cause that

use kb947821 hotfix to fix the updatability [ credit goes to aelibey ]

Ver 2 Final 5 Methods:

Method #1 : after u removed the "winsxs cache" using vlite remove Pending.xml from winsxs dir using imagex.exe


if u don't ever used imagex or dont have waik install...

Method #2 : Forcely finishing setup by running cmds while the setup

0. use vlite and choose Component Cache (winsxs) too

1. install the os

2. wait the msg to come [ "...windows could not configure one or more system components..." ]

3. press and hold shift + f10 to open cmd console

4. go to oobe in system32 dir

5. run msoobe.exe and make ur user.....after finishing it then run Audit.exe

the system should reboot it self automatically if not msoobe.exe progress didnt finish

[ http://www.greatis.com/vista/Utilities/a/audit.exe.htm ]

[ notice the user creation appear only in windows 7 ]

that will end the setup and reboot the os

then update will appear and failed will reboot again and the os will start :)

6. dont forget to remove $windows.-bt and $windows.-ls from c:\

Method #3 : before u apply winsxs removal using vlite install the os on vmware

then sysperp /gen capture it to wim image and then use vlite to remove winsxs

[its best the way but its longest too no need to remove pending.xml if u use this method cos its already applied :)]

method #4 For 32bit os only [64bit comin soon]

use whereisit application to open this clg file


check my guide about winsxs removal for more info

u should compere the clg file to ur lited os and remove the files that not exist in the os

office 2007/10 pro plus should work vs2010 ultimate

[tested on WES7 32bit]



Method #5

u dont have to download waik to have vlite fully working u can download older vlite and then update or find it around

use RT lite first and then use VLite to remove winsxs [ NOTICE use rebulid all image with RTlite to save time 30mins and u NEED to recapture the image ! ! !]

here the config files thats works so far


notice: after applying RT Lite and then Vlite u wont need to delete pending.xml or whatever

Config files for windows 7 SP1 RTM


Or Guide by

Config files for Server 2008 R2 SP1 [NOTICE use Dism.exe to enable features RTlite Server is bit buggy]


Change log:

Pictures :

really easy, hope its will work for u guys i test it on server 2008 r2

and win7 32bit

Windows 7 32bit with dead0's bat applied :) and more dirs got deleted




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Change log:


*server 2008 R2 SP1 config added

*reduce work time by 30-45min for method 5


*windows 7 sp1 added


rtlite and vlite [method 5] added

i did 2.4gb and 1.07gb iso

about the problems [windows update wont work ] yes its for Extremers only

maybe its could be list that vlite wont remove to make it less Extreme

like urs

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  • 2 months later...


Thank You for your guide. For me everything works fine even without reboot.xml removal. My winsxs folder only 105 mb. And I even can install all updates from window updates. Did not tested language pack as I do not need it and anyway you can integrate it before install.

The only problem I have is one channel in event log does not work. See images below. Do you have this problem then cheking administrative events?

Any ideas how to fix that?

Thank you for your support!






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w0w this is awesome! can't wait to try this one... now i have reason to reformat my computer :D


2. wait the msg to come [ "...windows could not configure one or more system components..." ]

i didn't get any errors.. it installs normally

Ok ive tried it and it works perfectly also used my custom removals and ini.

588MB ISO winx86

I got 1.24GB used space HDD without pagefile and hibernation file

80MB winsxs with 5,300 files on it

we can still make the ISO smaller we just need need to list all files that aren't include in winsxs folder.

well there's still alot of files can be remove in Filemaps and ManifestCache since only few files remaining on winsxs..

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I can install all updates! Didn't tested only language packs as I do not need them. But before doing some other tests I will try them too and will report back if you are interested.

Nuhi left some mistakes with channels but it is easy to fix actually.


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never remove WinSxS! Windows Vista/7 updates are diffs which need the RTM fies from the WinSxS to generate the new file. The genrated files are now stored in the WinSxS folder and mapped as hardlinks to the destination folders! So, they don't use space!!!!! Only Explorer is not able to see that the files are hardlinks and count them several times.

So, NEVER touch WinSxS folder and NEVER DELETE this folder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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