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#926 wimb

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Posted 3 days ago

I have Uploaded a lot of the old stuff to github VHD_XP_Setup

 

Make_PE3_48 and USB_MultiBoot_10 and VHD_XP_Compact and VHD_7C_88 and VHD_8C_88 and more ....

 

More Info on using Make_PE3_48 in topic Make_PE3 Program to Create Portable Windows 7 PE

 

and YouTube Video Make_PE3 - Portable Windows 7 PE is available.

 

You don't need VHD_W7C_drivers.exe for Make_PE3  but I have VHD_W7C_drivers addon Uploaded for project VHD_W7C_88


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Posted 2 days ago

JFYI

 

Mini-10x64-LZX-F.vhd = Made from Win10_2004_Spanish(Mexico)_x64.iso, after Win_Debloat-40 and Win_Reduce_Trusted-60, no DLLs reduction.

 

2 GB VHD, additional programs: Classic Shell and 7-zip, used size after installation = 1.49 GB.

 

Mini-10x64-LZX-F2.vhd = Made from Win10_2004_Spanish(Mexico)_x64.iso, after Win_Debloat-40 and Win_Reduce_Trusted-60, + DLLs reduction.

 

2 GB VHD, additional programs: Classic Shell and 7-zip, used size after installation = 1.44 GB.

 

Also both have new Utilities v4.0, attached as Utilities v4.0.7z, Password = alacran

 

Included README FIRST.txt file

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#928 alacran

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Posted 2 days ago

I have Uploaded a lot of the old stuff to github

 

Good news, I already have all of them since long time ago, but it is easier to re-download them in case of need, than find them in my old backups.

 

Many of old links, on the old topics, were not valid anymore.

 

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Posted 2 days ago

Also both have new Utilities v4.0, attached as Utilities v4.0.7z, Password = alacran

 

 

Thanks for making and sharing Utilities v4.0  :)

 

Being Trusted Installer gives often the power that you need.

 

I will add Utilities v4.0 to the next version of Win_Reduce_Trusted .

 

Nice to hear that Win10_2004_Spanish(Mexico)_x64.iso can be used without issues.

 

Extra removing 200 big DLL files has indeed a limited effect on the UsedSize.

 

It means also that 1.5 GB UsedSize is about the lower limit for Mini-10x64 without loosing functionality.


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Posted 2 days ago

yes, we kinda reached the limit. anyway for the space-saving diehards, like me and someone else sometimes, a little more can be done in terms of exchanging the portable utilities we use with other portables that do not use ms resources or dlls that we cannot delete otherwise. for example, alacran hinted at hard disk genius and did a good thing, in that it does not use some dlls that, say, minitool pw requires. of course we cannot expect the former to fully replace the latter, but for ordinary usage we have saved pwdlls' space. these kind of actions can surely be performed in order to save space. it is a pity, though, that we cannot find proper replacement for everything, but if we can one day, that will be the day!



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Posted 2 days ago

Thanks for making and sharing Utilities v4.0  :)

 

Being Trusted Installer gives often the power that you need.

 

I will add Utilities v4.0 to the next version of Win_Reduce_Trusted .

 

Nice to hear that Win10_2004_Spanish(Mexico)_x64.iso can be used without issues.

 

Extra removing 200 big DLL files has indeed a limited effect on the UsedSize.

 

It means also that 1.5 GB UsedSize is about the lower limit for Mini-10x64 without loosing functionality.

 

You are welcome, it is my pleasure to share all info to improve our Mini VHDs.

 

Yes, being Trusted Installer all the time makes Win10XPE very useful, but running certain programs, commands or PS Scripts by means of PowerRun makes our Mini VHDs also same powerful.

 

All Win_Debloat-40 PS Scripts ran fine, with only a single exception, but it seems to not cause adverse effects, please see attached photo, also SVBus driver automatic installation works fine now (on fresh installed VHD).

 

Win_Debloat-40 + Win_Reduce_Trusted-60 are a good couple and give us good results.

 

Win_Debloat-37 + Win_Reduce_Trusted-57 (edited to include all findings since released + hotplug.dll >>> required for USB removal), gave me the smallest used size, VHDs made using same Win10_2004_Spanish(Mexico)_x64.iso and same additional programs:

 

Mini-10x64-2004-LZX-Full.vhd = 1.47 GB used size if no additional DLLs removed.

 

Mini-10x64-2004-LZX-Min.vhd = 1.28 GB used size if additional DLLs removed, also full .NET and MicrosoftWindows.Client.CBS_* were removed.

 

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Posted 2 days ago

well, not much of a difference between min and full - better full, at this point.



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Posted A day ago

Please redownload Utilities v4.0.7z   Password = alacran, the file was re-uploaded on post No. 927

 

All the TI links were fine, but I detected into folder Links for your desktop two standard (NOT TI) links were not working as expected. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Fixed version also quoted here for your convenience:

 

 

zip.gif  Utilities v4.0.7z   368.17KB

 

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Posted A day ago

Update Download:  from wimb GitHub  -    Win_Debloat-41  and  Win_Reduce_Trusted-61
 

Download File E = Encrypted PassWord = bootwimb  -  AntVirus Software and Windows Defender must be Disabled for working with signed SVBus driver !!

 

Update Manual:   VHD_WIMBOOT.pdf   - Download:  Win10_2004_English_x64.iso  and  Win11_English_x64v1.iso

 

- Win_Reduce - Added Utilities v4.0  e.g. to Run Regedit and SwiftSearch as Trusted Installer - Thanks to alacran

- Win_Reduce - Changed - Custom_Command.cmd = Default Enabled to Remove some Folders and Replace by File with Zero bytes Created by FSUTIL

- Win_Reduce - Changed - remove_MS_NET.txt - Keep assembly\GAC_MSIL needed for MMC Advanced FireWall Settings and PowerShell

- Win_Debloat - Changed - Get_Info_x64.exe plus Added small Tools used to design Mini-10x64 - SwiftSearch + loadeddllsview + ntfslinkdview + serviwin

 

Also available separately: Download: Get_Info-20

 

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Posted A day ago

well, one observation, if i may: for democracy's sake, don't u think it would be good to cover amd cpu's as well, both debloating- and reduction-wise? I have my wife's hp pavillion (a little old) for a laptop that I could use for testing - do u think it is the same behavior as any amd desktop architecture? do u think the same entries can be used on all cpu architectures without verifying?



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Posted A day ago

well, one observation, if i may: for democracy's sake, don't u think it would be good to cover amd cpu's as well, both debloating- and reduction-wise? I have my wife's hp pavillion (a little old) for a laptop that I could use for testing - do u think it is the same behavior as any amd desktop architecture? do u think the same entries can be used on all cpu architectures without verifying?

 

I think AMD cpu is supported, since I think there is no specific intel support. So both AMD and Intel should work.

 

Please test with AMD cpu and let me know.


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Posted A day ago

how will I debloat amd? with my intel I9 i have intel entries; what will I do with amd cpu with built-in amd graphics in services.msc? this is what I meant by AMD coverage.



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Posted A day ago

how will I debloat amd? with my intel I9 i have intel entries; what will I do with amd cpu with built-in amd graphics in services.msc? this is what I meant by AMD coverage.

 

Install Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

- Use Fresh Install in VHD (Internet Off Disconnect LAN) on AMD Hardware so that you have only Microsoft Basic Display Adapter


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Posted A day ago

here u r just trying to smash an already open door! I will! so, in a bit.



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Posted A day ago

well, did not modify ur settings, left them as generic as u did. debloat works fine, reducer works fine for everything but wifi



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Posted 23 hours ago

@ wimb

 

 

Update Download:  from wimb GitHub  -    Win_Debloat-41  and  Win_Reduce_Trusted-61

 

 

 

Just downloaded.

The internal file Win_Debloat-41.zip into Win_Debloat-41-E.zip is not password protected, and FireFox and also Avast AV blocked its download, better fix this to avoid your site in GitHub gets blacklisted.

 

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Posted 23 hours ago

The internal file Win_Debloat-41.zip into Win_Debloat-41-E.zip is not password protected, and FireFox and also Avast AV blocked its download, better fix this to avoid your site in GitHub gets blacklisted.

 

 

Oops .... forgotten to set the bootwimb Encryption password. Thanks for making me aware of the issue  :)

 

Fixed and Uploaded Win_Debloat-41 now protected with password bootwimb.


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Posted 20 hours ago

@ wimb

 

 

Update Download:  from wimb GitHub  -    Win_Debloat-41  and  Win_Reduce_Trusted-61
 
- Win_Reduce - Changed - remove_MS_NET.txt - Keep assembly\GAC_MSIL needed for MMC Advanced FireWall Settings and PowerShell

 

JFYI

 

Haven't tested the full packages yet, but copied manually \Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL folder (it is only 5.64 MB uncompresed) in my previous VHD build, just for testing pourposes.

 

I found if \Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL folder is present  >>>  also lets us run/open fine Task Scheduler (%windir%\system32\taskschd.msc), from PC icon context menu.

 

So this an additional added value if we keep this folder.

 

I also thought it was going to let us run/open Services from PC icon context menu, but it didn't work for this task.

 

No problem as I already know to check/change status of Drivers and Services we can use Nirsoft Serviwin (Drivers + Services button) from System_Info

 

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Posted 14 hours ago

I found if \Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL folder is present  >>>  also lets us run/open fine Task Scheduler (%windir%\system32\taskschd.msc), from PC icon context menu.

 

So this an additional added value if we keep this folder.

 

I also thought it was going to let us run/open Services from PC icon context menu, but it didn't work for this task.

 

 

Yes,  Keep \Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL is of great value.

 

It is essential for mmc.exe the Microsoft Management Console and that belongs to the desired core of Windows 10x64

 

remove_files_System32.txt has info about Services - it is by design not supported - serviwin is much better and mshtml.dll is a big file

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; Remove mshtml.dll 22 MB file needed for mmc services.msc - instead we use nirsoft serviwin.exe
\Windows\System32\mshtml.dll
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Posted 11 hours ago

excuse me, services.msc, in and of itself, does work without mshtml.dll here, in standard mode. it is empty in extended mode. 


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Posted 11 hours ago

excuse me, services.msc, in and of itself, does work without mshtml.dll here, in standard mode. it is empty in extended mode. 

 

Ok good find, I have got to check it here ....







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