How To Use the Nlite Deployment Tool

By: Alexander Curit
Here is the link to download and install Nlite as this is only a how to on how to use it.


nLite is a tool for pre-installation Windows configuration and component removal at your choice. Optional bootable image ready for burning on media or testing in virtual machines. With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install does not include, or even contain on media, the unwanted components.
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Start by copying the Windows XP source files from an installation cd into a directory (I called this directory source_files).
Then start Nlite. You will be prompted as to where you will be retrieving the xp install files

If you have a previous Nlite session then you can go back into it and edit it or make another .iso file with it.

On the next prompt, you can decide what changes you want to be made to the host configuration; for example:
Integrate a Service Pack in the new xp install iso, add hotfixes, Add-ons, and Update Packs, add drivers, remove components, make the install unattended, change setup options, and make a bootable ISO.

You can select a service pack to put into the iso.

Include any hotfixes, add-ons, and update packs

Add any needed drivers

Select the programs that you want Nlite to make sure you don't remove.

Select the components that you want to remove from this installation of windows xp.

Change the settings of the unattended installation. Make sure to change the Unattended Mode to Fully Automated, in order to make sure that no input is needed during the actual install of Windows XP. In this you must provide a product key, and you can also setup all of the new users settings.

After this you have finished the wizard and are prompted with how much you reduced the size of the new installation.

And then you can create the bootable iso in which you can use to install th operating system with. Here you can also add additional files here by clicking the explore button.

You have now finished the nlite setup and can now burn the .iso file to a cd and boot a machine and start your custom install of Windows XP.
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Last Updated: February 1, 2010