MAKE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR HARD DISK OR PARTITION BEFORE FORMATTING!
Once your partition or disk is formatted, simply click “Next” and that is all you have to do - Windows will install within 15 minutes all on its own, with additional Vista driverpack to take care of
your devices, you do not have to touch anything.
The install time of 15 minutes is timed in VMware, if you’re installing from a real CD it might take longer.
Windows is activated upon installation and you do not need any product key. This special edition of Windows Vista is fully updated with Service Pack 1 and all “Important” hotfixes to July 2008.
NOTE: Hotfix KB940510 is not installed - Windows Update will not say you need this hotfix because a registry setting is used to make Windows Update think this hotfix is installed. Never install
this hotfix - it is the Windows Genuine Advantage popups in your system tray. This is also known as the “anti-crack” hotfix, that allegedly kills the BIOS emulation. In tests, I installed this hotfix and rebooted, Windows was still working, no WGA tray crap was happening, but I would not risk it, just don’t install the hotfox “KB940510″ if you see it on Windows Update, just untick it and do not install it, even though Microsoft claim this is an important hotfix, it isn’t important because it is just the “Windows Genuine Advantage” thing. No one needs this.
This installation still includes:
Internet Explorer 7
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Mail (formerly Outlook Express)
Windows Sounds (Startup, Shutdown, Logoff etc)
Windows Update website
This is intended to be a functional installation with a lot of items removed which I personally class as useless. Please make absolutely certain that you check below to see which items are removed before jumping the gun and installing this special edition of Windows Vista!
This special edition of Windows Vista has over 100 registry tweaks to improve performance and your general use of Windows Vista. For example - User Account Control is completely removed, you have
useful additions to your “Computer” icon, like Services and Device Manager among other things, you have context menu additions added to files and folders like “Take Ownership” in one click, close the
CD/DVD tray, Windows will tell you exactly what it is doing when it is shutting down or booting, the Start Menu is much better with useless items like “Search” and “Help and support” removed
whilst other useful things are added like “Run” and “Administrative Tools”, you can register DLL and OCX files by simply double clicking them, all the garbage is removed from the left side and bottom of
Windows to give you more space in your folders, all Windows are set to Details View so you can see the file size etc. There are many more tweaks than this - check the Registry Tweaks text file in the
eXPerience folder on the root of this CD for full details.
REMOVED COMPONENTS (vLite was used to remove components)
Many components are removed from this edition of Windows, this allows this Windows edition to fit on a 700Mb CD.
All of the following components are removed:
-Windows Sidebar and Gadgets
-QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter
-Premium Inbox Games
-Table Driven Text Input Processor
-Movie and DVD Maker
-Music and Video samples
-Connect to a Network Projector
-Internet Information Services (IIS)
-Remote Desktop and Assistance
-Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC)
-Volume Shadow Copy
-BitLocker Drive Encryption
-Component Cache (winsxs)
-IMAPIv2 Burning Support
-Malicious Software Removal Tool
-Manual Install (Setup.exe)
-Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ)
-Reliability and Performance Monitor
-Remote Differential Compression
-Run a legacy CPL elevated
-User Account Control (UAC)
-Windows Easy Transfer
-Windows SAT (Performance Index)
-Windows Ultimate Extras
OPTIONS (using vLite)
DEP (Data Execution Prevention) = Disabled (AlwaysOff)
User Account Control (UAC) = Disabled
AntiSpyware Realtime Protection = Disabled
Memory requirement = 256MB
AutoPlay = Disabled
Paging Executive = Enabled
Power scheme = Balanced
Power button = Default
Sleep button = Default
Hibernation = Off
TWEAKS (using vLite)
Control Panel - Classic View = Enabled
Show hidden files and folders = Yes
Show protected operating system files = Yes
Show extensions for known file types = Yes
IE Phishing Filter = Enabled
IE Phishing Verification Ballon Tips = Default
The “Last Session.ini” file for use with vLite is included in the eXPerience folder on the root of this CD.
All “Important” Hotfixes are integrated (using vLite) or installed
on first login. This brings Windows up to date up to July 2008.
eXPerience DESKTOP FOLDER
When Windows is finished installing you will see a folder called “eXPerience” on your desktop. This folder contains the following:
Comodo Firewall - Download and install this! Comodo Firewall Pro is the very best software firewall available. You might wonder why you would need a firewall since there already is a firewall in Vista,
but Comodo firewall is far better than the standard “Windows Firewall” thats built into Vista.
Desktop Icon Layout - These registry files let you add or remove two options on the right-click of your Recycle Bin: “Save Desktop Icon Layout” and “Restore Desktop Icon Layout”. This is handy in case you
change resolution and it moves your icons into the top left corner of your screen, you can just restore the icons to their original position, as long as you saved the layout beforehand!
Driver Install Tool - This has a small LAN driverpack, this same pack is used on installation. You can add driverpacks to this folder, see the ReadMe.txt file. Do not be put off by the XP driverpacks - in VMware the old XP pack works for the Network adapter. The included tool that scans for hardware knows it is running on Vista, its unlikely that you’d get a wrong driver installed. Just leave obvious ones alone like graphics, its not possible for the XP drivers to run on Vista in a lot of cases!
Hibernation - batch files to enable or disable Hibernation. Microsoft must have forgotten to put an option in the Windows GUI to enable or disable Hibernation! How stupid is that? You could do it in Windows XP, but not anymore in Windows Vista. So these batch files allow you to instantly turn Hibernation on or off. Hibernation feature is disabled in this installation. If you need to use Hibernation you’ll have to run the relavent batch file to enable it. NOTE: With Hibernation enabled you’re wasting as much hard drive space as the size of your RAM so if you have say 2Gb of RAM, then you’re wasting 2Gb of disk space.
Keyboard Settings - This install is set to U.S. keyboard by default. To quickly open “Regional and Language Options” run the included file “Quick Access.bat”. There you can change your keyboard to your own country if you need to.
nVidia Hotfix - If you have an nVidia GeForce graphics card, you can always try this hotfix. This is only for nVidia cards, not ATI or any other card. I tried to install this and I did not need it, testing with an nVidia card so, maybe it is only for speciic cards.
Registry Backup - Simple batch file to create a complete registry backup, just double click the “Backup Your Registry.bat” file included here.
User Password - Quickly set up your login password.
Q: How functional is this TinyVista?
A: Very! Things that will zap your performance like System Restore and Superfetch are either removed or disabled, but you do not need to have such a thing as “System Restore” making backups in the background, it just slows your system down - instead of using System Restore, use “Acronis True Image” backup CD. This install is designed to take away all the things that ruin your performance, for example the “Superfetch” service causes your hard disk to be constantly spinning, that ISN’T GOOD and is just wearing your hard drive out, for what? It seems no reason, so this service is disabled. You can still use a printer, digital camera, you still have the Aero Glass theme, Windows Vista sounds (the crazy chirping noises, lol) some ethernet drivers and modem support… this version of Windows Vista is designed for 99% of users to use without you even noticing it is a cut down version, that is the main aim of it.
Q: eXPerience, you removed the Chinese language?
A: Yes, I also removed a lot of other things. If you do not like whats removed - DO NOT USE THIS INSTALLATION. No one is forcing you to use this. Just use the full version from Microsoft that uses almost 4 times more hard drive space (oh then also add on the size of your RAM for the hiberfil sys file which is also disabled in this version, although you can easily re-enable it if you need to)
LIST OF BACKUP SOFTWARE
* AMANDA BSD
* Areca Backup GPL - supports FTP & FTPs, compression (Zip64), encryption (Triple DES & AES), incremental backups - Java based.
* BackupPC GPL
* Bacula GPL - computer program suite.
* Cobian Backup Mozilla Public License 1.1 - Version 8 is opensource
* cpio - Unix/Linux archiver.
* DAR GPL - Disk Archiver. Special designed for differential backup. Support multi-volume compressed archives (slices).
* dump - The classic UNIX filesystem dumper.
* duplicity GPL - Makes remote encrypted backups using rsync and gnupg.
* FlyBack GPL - rsync based, UI modeled after Time Machine (Apple software).
* Mondo GPL
* rsync GPL - tool for maintaining mirrors.
* tar - The classic UNIX file aggregator. Work with gzip in a pipe to create tar, tar.gz (tgz) archives.
* TimeVault also modeled after Time Machine
* Toucan (software) open source file synchronization, backup and encryption tool for Microsoft Windows,
* Venti Open Source - developed originally as part of Plan 9 from Bell Labs but now available for unix-like systems as part of Plan 9 from User Space.
* Zmanda Recovery Manager GPL - perl utility for MySQL databases.
* .Mac Backup
* Acronis True Image
* Aggregate Backup And Recovery System
* Altexa online Backup Altexa by 77Backup
* Atempo TIMEnavigator
* BackupAssist - Cortex IT Labs
* BakBone NetVault
* CommVault Systems Galaxy
* CommVault Systems - Galaxy Express
* Computer Associates ARCserve Backup
* EMC Legato Networker
* EMC Corporation Retrospect
* Genie Backup Manager
* GRBackPro - Professional Windows server backup software
* Handy Backup
* HP OpenView Storage Data Protector and Archive Backup system ( ABS )
* IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
* IBM Aggregate Backup And Recovery System
* InMage DR-Scout
* Image for Windows - Drive imaging
* Langmeier Backup
* Macrium Reflect - Windows disk imaging and file backup
* Microsoft Data Protection Manager - For servers
* Nero BackItUp
* Roxio Toast
* Vishnu Enterprise Edition from Rohith Technologies - Centralized Continuous Automatic Desktop Backup Solution
* SonicWALL SonicWALL CDP
* SOS Backup Integrated Online and Local Backup
* Symantec Backup Exec
* Symantec NetBackup
* Symantec Norton 360
* Symantec Norton Ghost
* Syncsort Backup Express
* Time Machine - Included with Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard”.
* UltraBac Software - UltraBac and UBDR (UltraBac Disaster Recovery)
* UltraBac Software - UltraBac and UBDR Gold (UltraBac Disaster Recovery)
* Unitrends - Data Protection Unit
* Ventis BackupSuite 2008 - Windows backup software.
* Yosemite Backup - By Yosemite Technologies
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