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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is anybody running a modified version of Windows XP?

Or do you know somebody who is?
I am just curious to know if anybody who frequents this website is edumucated enough to modify it and use it successfully.
Or is this something that is frequently done .
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Well actually, i am talking about a heavily modified version. As in totally gutted, all "tracers" removed, all drivers installed. An XP operating system that moves VERY fast.
Is that what the link above does in retrospect?
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Well actually, i am talking about a heavily modified version. As in totally gutted, all "tracers" removed, all drivers installed. An XP operating system that moves VERY fast.
Is that what the link above does in retrospect?
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I believe you are talking about NLite. I have seen a few people remove alot of stuff, and it still runs the same.

http://www.nliteos.com/

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Well I am not talking about Nlite. I was given a registered, legal,modified version of XP Pro. I have seen this thing run on a plain Jane, AMD 1.5ghz, 512MB ram computer and it MOVES. All "trackers" removed, all drivers loaded. almost all current updates done. All of the garbage taken out of XP.
As soon as the computer boots up, there is no down time. All programs run VERY fast and instantaneously (big word). I about fell over when i saw this thing run .

It takes the computer listed above to completely load this version of XP in under 8 minutes, start to finish . Where as most computers will take about 1 hour from what i have been told.

It SEEMS as though this program retains the XP name and programs that come with it like Word, etc. But that is it. Everything else has been "fixed" (the programmers opinion). I was told that there was a LOT of time that did go into making it work properly.

Surely someone else has modified XP to run as fast as this thing does.
I was told not to give any copies out, of course.
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All they've done is used something like nLite or rolled their own custom installation.

nLite can do all that stuff for you.

But anything you remove can potentially cause problems not directly related to it.

I was using an nLited XP install for quite some time. It was very nice. Very fast. A full format/reinstall took about 10 minutes, with drivers already installed, some tweakUI settings configured, among other customizations.

The only problem I had with it, is with removable drives/devices not being recognized properly when plugging them in. It'd be recognized, but like with drives, the volume label wasn't displayed in My Computer and/or Windows Explorer, and the format was listed as RAW, instead of Fat32, or NTFS as it should've been.

I'd have to reboot to get it properly recognized and configured. I'm not sure what I had removed that was causing it.

Wasn't really that big of a deal until I got an iPod. Having to reboot everytime I wanted to update my songs got old. So for the time being, until I can figure out what I removed that caused that behavior, I'm back to a standard/full install.

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I'm a network guy with some server/desktop experience. Would this nLite be good for a gamer? Would the benefits only be some more RAM being free, or are there alot more processes killed?

My desktop is starting to get a little (read: really) out dated. Thankfully I only play WoW these days, but with Vangaurd coming...

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All they've done is used something like nLite or rolled their own custom installation.

nLite can do all that stuff for you.

But anything you remove can potentially cause problems not directly related to it.

I was using an nLited XP install for quite some time. It was very nice. Very fast. A full format/reinstall took about 10 minutes, with drivers already installed, some tweakUI settings configured, among other customizations.

The only problem I had with it, is with removable drives/devices not being recognized properly when plugging them in. It'd be recognized, but like with drives, the volume label wasn't displayed in My Computer and/or Windows Explorer, and the format was listed as RAW, instead of Fat32, or NTFS as it should've been.

I'd have to reboot to get it properly recognized and configured. I'm not sure what I had removed that was causing it.

Wasn't really that big of a deal until I got an iPod. Having to reboot everytime I wanted to update my songs got old. So for the time being, until I can figure out what I removed that caused that behavior, I'm back to a standard/full install.
Well i figured it was a common thing. I am gonna run this thing a whil and see how it does. Thanks for the info, Hunt4m3x and Darkwolf.
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I'm a network guy with some server/desktop experience. Would this nLite be good for a gamer? Would the benefits only be some more RAM being free, or are there alot more processes killed?

My desktop is starting to get a little (read: really) out dated. Thankfully I only play WoW these days, but with Vangaurd coming...
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You know how it is, other priorities with the house. My bucks ain't that big either. haha Slightly above minimum wage.

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I'm a network guy with some server/desktop experience. Would this nLite be good for a gamer? Would the benefits only be some more RAM being free, or are there alot more processes killed?

My desktop is starting to get a little (read: really) out dated. Thankfully I only play WoW these days, but with Vangaurd coming...
It might help some. A fresh install of XP with my nLite disc was clocking about 65mb of ram usage... I've never seen a normal XP use less than 100mb, even after turning off extraneous processes, and stopping services.

I took out things like excess drivers that weren't needed for my system, took out the tour thingy, turned off and removed the theme's, removed IE and OE (though left the MSHTML engine for necessary functionality... but if you can live without it, you can remove that as well).

My fully installed nLited XP was using about 650 megs of disc space... versus somewhere in the 1.5 - 2 gig range of a normal install. I've read about people on the nLite forums that are trying to get it under 100 megs and still be usable. Previously they'd stripped Win2000 down to something like 55megs, fully installed, and still usable... that's a little excessive for me, but pretty cool that you can actually remove so much crap and preserve basic functionality.

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