Vista users now have a way to cut down the operating system's famously large installation footprint with a free software tool.
Developer Dino Nuhagic has released version 1.1 of vLite, a configuration utility designed to remove Vista components such as Windows Media Player, Windows Mail, Windows Photo Viewer, Wallpapers and other utilities before installation, creating a new installable image.
The utility can also integrate other components such as hotfixes, drivers and language packs into the new image and has an unattended install function, Nuhagic says.
Tools such as vLite are a response to concerns about what even Microsoft has conceded is Vista's enormous install size. Similar tools exist for Windows XP, such as Nuhagic's own nLite.