The first time I installed Windows Vista, I spent around 2 days finding and disabling unwanted features. One of the reasons why Vista takes so much resources is that Microsoft has decided to enable most of the components of Vista by default, regardless of the fact that many users won't even use these features. In my case I would never have used Windows Media Center (No use without a TV tuner) , Windows Defender (I'd rather use Kaspersky) or User Account Control (fuck that!).  But it is a pain in the ass to disable these components after every fresh install. This is where vLite comes in. vLIte allows you to create Windows Vista bootable DVDs with available feature set customized to your liking.

Another useful feature of this great app is that it allows creation of ISOs with latest updates obtained from Microsoft. Say you have a older Vista DVD which does not have SP1 integrated. You can use you existing image and a separate download of SP1 to create a bootable DVD of SP1 integrated Vista. This way you don't have to re-download the updates every time after a fresh install.


Developer Description

Lite is a tool for customizing the Windows Vista installation before actually installing it. Windows Vista from Microsoft takes a lot of resources, we all know that. vLite provides you with an easy removal of the unwanted components in order to make Vista run faster and to your liking. This tool doesn't use any kind of hacking, all files and registry entries are protected as they would be if you install the unedited version only with the changes you select. It configures the installation directly before the installation, meaning you'll have to remake the ISO and reinstall it. This method is much cleaner, not to mention easier and more logical than doing it after installation on every reinstall.

Main features are:

  • hotfix, language pack and driver integration
  • component removal
  • unattended setup
  • tweaks
  • split/merge Vista installation CDs
  • create ISO and burn bootable CD/DVD


vLite is free.

[Click Here] to download vLite 1.2 Final from official page.


[Click Here] to access the official forums where you can find a lot of tutorials and tips for vLite.