Free Tool Strips Vista to Bare Bones
A new tool released late last week lets you take as much of the "feature bloat" as you want out of Windows Vista -- and then some.
vLite, created by Dino Nuhagic, lets you pick and choose which of more than 150 Vista components -- like Windows Media Player, Welcome Center, Audio and Display Drivers, .NET and others -- to get rid of when installing the operating system. You can also choose to protect certain files or other features while getting rid of unnecessary parts of the components.
"vLite provides you with an easy removal of the unwanted components in order to make Vista run faster and to your liking," Nuhagic writes of his program. "This tool doesn't use any kind of hacking, all files and registry entries are protected as they would be if you installed the unedited version only with the changes you select."
vLlite works on all versions of Vista. Nuhagic notes that using vLite will prevent the installation of Vista SP1. Also, all removals are permanent (you'll have to re-install Vista to restore).
For more information and to download the vLite software, click here.
Nuchagic also offers a similar tool for Windows XP, nLite. To download this program, go here.
Both vLite and nLite are free, although Nuhagic accepts donations through PayPal.
Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.