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Windows 7 Setup Customization With Win Integrator

Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system comes with a lot of features and programs that may be useful to some (that’s why Microsoft put them there in the first place), but to most average users, these features will only serve to consumer unnecessary hard disk space. Unfortunately, Windows itself does not provide any option for their removal. Win Integrator is a free utility that allows a user to perform a customized installation of the Windows 7 and choose what to install and what not.

Win Integrator is very easy-to-use and user friendly. The main window requires the user to provide the Windows 7 installation files.

Once the input files are in place, the rest of the tabs become available. The Updates tab allows the user to choose which Windows updates to install, and the Drivers tab allows selection of drivers. The Remove tab provides the option for removal of Windows programs such as Internet Explorer, Games, .NET Framework, certain drivers etc.

The Features tab allows the user to remove or keep Windows features such as Indexing Service, MSMQ Server (the list is long) from the customized installation image. Then comes the Apply tab, where the user has to confirm and apply the changes made to the installation file. Finally, the last tab lets the user create the custom-tailored ISO, which would install Windows 7 in the way you want it to be.

As you would have noticed, the software works in a very systematic method, taking step-by-step approach for every item as it should be. The customization options themselves are plentiful, but be advised that you should not remove something unless you are sure that you will not need it again.

Win Integrator comes with English and German language support. Although it has been marked as a Windows 7 custom installation tool, it should work fine with other versions of Microsoft Windows as well. Pre-requisites to run this software are Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile Beta 2 and Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 or Windows® OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) for Windows® 7.

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