Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jun 2008 18:48 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows Through all the Windows and Microsoft bashing on the intertubes, it's almost easy to forget that Windows does, in fact, have quite a few positive aspects as well. One of those aspects is the modularity of its installation system, which allows you to create your custom installation image of Windows - with relative ease. Sadly, Microsoft decided to keep this ability away from normal users, making it a sort of OEM tool only. Lucky for us, there's a tool called vLite/nLite which allows us to slipstream fixes, applications, and drivers into the installation image as we please. This functionality of course also made its way to the 'underground' community, who used it to produce something called TinyXP. APCMag decided to take a look at it.
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Great stuff
by cmost on Mon 30th Jun 2008 19:05 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

I use "TinyXP" and its big brother "TinyVista" on two of my computers. I have legal licenses for Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista Ultimate but I prefer these customized variants instead of the "real deal." The programmers who have assembled these variants should be hired by Microsoft because they dispense with the crap and extraneous bullshit that most users don't use anyway to create a lean, mean low footprint OS that takes care of business. Leave it to the hacker community to fix the problems with Microsoft's bloatware. Great job guys! Before jumping on your favorite bittorrent site to snag a copy of these customized Windows operating systems, people should be aware that malicious hackers often bundle viruses, spyware and copies of unlicensed software in these custom Windows re-spins. Just a friendly warning!

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RE: Great stuff
by sappyvcv on Mon 30th Jun 2008 19:08 in reply to "Great stuff"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Do you honestly think it's that simple? That Microsoft is incapable of doing what these guys did?

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RE[2]: Great stuff
by hobgoblin on Mon 30th Jun 2008 20:01 in reply to "RE: Great stuff"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

incapable? no. unwilling? very likely...

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