nLite 1.4.9.3

Editor's review
Reviewed by Chad Faith

"GUI for permanent Windows component removal"

Overview

If you grown tired of the classic Windows components occupying your storage space and you want to remove them safely from your computer, then the nLite software utility is the right tool for the job. In fact, this amazing utility is a pre-configuration tool that enables you to choose which Windows components you want to install on the computer, before you apply this operating system. Moreover, the nLite application can simplify your work even further, as you only need to make the necessary settings once and then create a bootable image of Windows that incorporates the components you really need or want.

Even though you can remove the standard Windows components before you actually install the operating system, it is important to note that you can run it any time you want to remove other items safely and securely. However, once you have removed items from the operating system, it is not easy to bring them back. In order to add components back, you will need to re-install Windows, use the bootable image with predefined setting that you created or manually import the .ini file from your previous sessions.

Installation

In order to install nLite on your computer, first you need to ensure that you have a compatible Windows version, which is either a 32 or 64 bit Windows. It is important to note that the Windows 9x are not supported by this application. In addition, you must make sure that you have .NET Framework 2.0 or higher installed, which is not really an issue if you consider that the efficient functioning of Windows depends on having this application installed. On the other hand, if you do not have it, the setup wizard will help you find and install it the latest version.

Before you go ahead and install nLite, it is advisable that you create a folder on the hard drive or a portable storage device, where you place the Windows source files. This will make the installation process a lot faster and easier. The installation is not very easy or intuitive, as you need to know a thing or two about file formats.

Interface

If you have made the correct settings during the installation process, then you will not have any problems with operating this software. The display of the nLite interface presents four main task selection buttons on the right side that allow you to integrate, remove components, setup management that enables you to leave the installation process unattended or create a new file. The good news is that you can choose to use one command or all of them at the same time.

Pros

Considering the features of the nLite, it is safe to say that the advantage of using this tool is, first of all, ensuring a clean and error-free Windows installation. As a consequence, if you are the kind of person that plays with the system too frequently and needs to re-install it often, it will simplify your job by a great deal. In addition, since it allows you to create a bootable version of a fully configured Windows, the installation of your operating system will not seem like a long and dull task anymore.

Another great thing that the nLite can offer is the option to integrate automatic updates for your operating system as well as the drivers of your system components. Set it up once and you will never have to bother with it ever again.

Cons

While it seems to be a great tool to make your operating system work optimally, this is not a software utility that can be used by people with only a basic level of computer knowledge.

Alternatives

While the nLite freeware seems to be on top of the list in its category, here are some alternative software apps that allow configurations and removal of system components: BartPE, WinFuture xp-iso-builder and Almeza MultiSet.

Conclusion

nLite is the most popular software in customizing Windows and it is fair to say, the most reliable tool for medium to advanced users that want to customize and configure their Windows based operating systems. If you spend a bit of time to set it up, it will significantly reduce the efforts one has to make in order to install and customize Windows.

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