Which free tool to remove Windows 7 Components

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by bbalegere, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. bbalegere

    bbalegere MDL Novice

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    Which free tool can I use to remove unwanted components/languages from a Windows 7 install.wim ?

    I want a tool which actually physically removes the files so that the size of the install.wim is reduced and the installation footprint is also less.

    I am not interested in tools which are just a GUI wrapper for DISM and offer component removal. I think these tools use the official/standard dism commands to remove components which actually does not reduce the size of the installation footprint.
     
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  2. shhnedo

    shhnedo MDL Senior Member

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    dhjohns MDL Guru

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  5. cinescope

    cinescope MDL Novice

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    That tool is called brain. :D

    You need to export the wim after the component removal or it will be even larger than before
     
  6. bbalegere

    bbalegere MDL Novice

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    Which is better ? Component removal after integrating updates(simplix) or before integrating updating ?
     
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    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    RT7 has been abandoned for years now ;) the dev team moved on to winreducer, afaik.
     
  8. bbalegere

    bbalegere MDL Novice

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    Looks like NTLIte and Winreducer are the only tools which seem to have a large database of components that can be removed.
    NTLite works very well, however lot of components are disabled in the free version.

    Winreducer has an annoying popup in the free version. However it works only on offline windows(i.e mounting a install.wim) NTLite works on an online OS as for component removal.
     
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