Windows 7 component removal guide(SOLVED)

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  1. zeemok

    zeemok MDL Novice

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    #1 zeemok, Nov 13, 2016
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    Hey guys,

    Anyone know which components you can safely remove from windows 7 wim:g::g:, to make the ISO a little smaller ?. Here's my problem i have a fully updated windows 7 ISO, but it's nearly 5 gig and i cant burn it on to a DVD. Thank you :mushy::mushy:
     
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    #2 tnx, Nov 13, 2016
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    I have just been on with making a new updated Win 7 image.

    To keep the install.wim under 4GB the first thing I do is to extract the Ultimate index only.
    To this .wim image I add the latest Windows Update Client along with the latest IE 11 and its updates. Finally I add some LAN drivers.

    After doing a test install I run WU and make a list of the updates I want.
    Then through the Microsoft Update Catalogue I manually download my required updates.

    I manage to integrate all the important updates making sure not to exceed 4GB image size.

    This leaves me with about 50 to 60 optional updates. ( minus any telemetry based ones )

    I then take these updates and extract the .cab files from the .msu.

    On doing a fresh install I use DISM /online to integrate all these cab files.
    I know this is the long way round but I like how DISM installs the updates and I like how it shows the progress of them all.

    Then it is a simple matter of rebooting, running WU ( set to Check For Updates only ) and seeing if any new ones have popped up. Hiding any telemetry ones.

    It don't take too long for DISM to install 50 to 60 updates. At the end a fully up to date machine.

    Maybe a bit long winded for some but I rather like doing it this way. A really controlled way of installing what updates I want to.

    Never messed about trying to take things out of Win 7 but after messing with Win 8.1 and Win 10 removing packages does not seem to make the image size smaller at all. just what I have noticed, others may have seen a different outcome.

    Maybe time to ditch using discs. Start to use a USB, 16GB is a good size to have. Then adding or replacing the install.wim files is easy. Does not help with keeping the .wim file under 4GB though. That is down to a fat32 file system.
     
  3. zeemok

    zeemok MDL Novice

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    Thx for the reply,

    USB don't last that long at all for me. I had a Kingston, Sandisk Cruzer they just stop working after few months. Anyway i think i'll just do it your way and keep it under 4Gb, Thx again.
     
  4. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Another alternative is to use a dual layer DVD, holds 8.5gb.

    USB is the quicker and easier option though.
     
  5. zeemok

    zeemok MDL Novice

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    Thx for your reply,

    Yep i could use a dual layer, but i normally keep the windows 7 ISO updated and keep burning it to a DVD-RW. But with all the security, features and optional updates its gone to nearly 5 gig.
     
  6. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Dual Layer RW DVD :p
     
  7. zeemok

    zeemok MDL Novice

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    I don't think they ever made them, and even if they did it would cost a arm and a leg heheh. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  8. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    Isn't that already not be available for purchase?

    i guess dism++ would suffice for now
     
  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Sorry I completely forgot that...

    Btw do you think Dism++ is completely reliable for such task on Windows 7?
     
  10. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    I never tested extensively