How to get a slim Windows 10 with a small footprint

  1.    19 Jan 2018 #1

    How to get a slim Windows 10 with a small footprint

    I still run WinXP. It is speedy, it runs with a relatively small footprint both in terms of HDD (Windows folder is 2.5GB included all KB backups) and RAM (under 100Mb by OS apps).
    I use different applications and I want a slim OS version that runs just them, without unnecessary and unwanted OS bells and whistles.
    Obviously, support for WinXP in the new applications is decreasing.

    I am asking if there are good strategies or good utilities to cut Windows 10 down (before installing it, or just after having installed), leaving a bear OS that runs desktop applications, without the extras(for instance no Cortona, no file indexing, no telemetry, etc.). In other words I am looking for a Tiny Win10, both in terms of RAM and HDD footprint.

    As some of us may remember, there were utilities able to built slim WinXP ISO versions (nLite if I recall correctly), or other software apps that were able to cut down OS eye candy and futile features after the installation. The result was not to hog up your PC resources, resulting in a faster leaner operating system.

    Anything like that for Win10?
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  2.    19 Jan 2018 #2

    I don't do this sort of thing (other than disable and uninstall apps within Windows of unwanted stuff) but if you want, many are using this to "lite" their installation.

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       19 Jan 2018 #3

    Welcome to our forum science2002.

    Once again my method is simple.
    I just installed Windows 10 as Microsoft intended it to be.
    Most things can be adjusted the way you want them using Windows 10; but not all.
    It just takes a little time, forum members helping and the forum tutorials to learn how to do such things.

    It's all part of learning how to use a new operating system. Just forget Windows 'XP' and how you did things there.
    The two operating systems are not 'even' close on the way things are done.

    After you get Windows 10 installed with all it's updates, make backups/clones.
    Then you can tinker.
    I use Macrium Reflect for making backups and or clones to a external drive.

    I have only used Windows 10 for a few weeks and have learned a lot just using this forum for guidance.

    My thoughts and opinion.

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  4.    22 Jan 2018 #4

    Thanks Superfly and Layback Bear for your suggestions and welcome.

    In addition to what you suggested, I also found that nLite (that was quite known in WinXP days) now is evoluted in NTlite, which seems compatible with Win10. I read in their forum, that some users were able to obtain a configuration of just above 2GB, once installed (and around 1GB with the ISO installer).

    I know that tweaking after the installation is always a good practice, but I also learnt that sometimes is not so easy to eradicate some unncessary functionality. MS wants you to experience the "whole thing" and does not even offer the uninstaller for some apps.
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