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Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase

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Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #210 on: January 13, 2019, 11:50 PM »
Is it possible to open the ISO and execute the setup.exe in order to upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or must it be installed clean? I'm asking because many times I tried unsuccessfully to upgrade from 1709 to 1803 using Windows Update. I finally upgraded to 1803 with Vasudev's copy using the setup.exe file. Maybe I can do the same with your copy of 1809.

In my opinion, it's possible.
But if I were you, I would do a clean install. Note that I don't even use it yet since I had other problems lately (I'm still using v1803).

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #211 on: January 14, 2019, 02:18 AM »
Is it possible to open the ISO and execute the setup.exe in order to upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or must it be installed clean? I'm asking because many times I tried unsuccessfully to upgrade from 1709 to 1803 using Windows Update. I finally upgraded to 1803 with Vasudev's copy using the setup.exe file. Maybe I can do the same with your copy of 1809.

In my opinion, it's possible.
But if I were you, I would do a clean install. Note that I don't even use it yet since I had other problems lately (I'm still using v1803).
I'm still using v1803 and kept scarface and mine RS5 ISOs in queue for those want Redstone 5. Those who wants no bloatware with UWP apps I install scarface's ISO and those who want stock W10 experience with slight tweaks and no useless UWP games and ad based apps I install mine.

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #212 on: January 14, 2019, 02:20 AM »
Today, windows 10 x64 pro Redstone 5 v1809 (with the January updates) is available.
For Vasudev who is waiting for windows 7, I'll release an extra lite edition later.

Is it possible to open the ISO and execute the setup.exe in order to upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or must it be installed clean? I'm asking because many times I tried unsuccessfully to upgrade from 1709 to 1803 using Windows Update. I finally upgraded to 1803 with Vasudev's copy using the setup.exe file. Maybe I can do the same with your copy of 1809.
Yes you can upgrade. Make sure to disconnect other HDDs/SSDs to prevent data deletion bug on upgrade install. Use dism++ and check all options and clean it up. After that, use setup.exe to upgrade to RS5 error free w/ clean install like experience.

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #213 on: February 10, 2019, 12:17 AM »
I'm still using your October edition of W7 pro.
I am making a stock version of W7 just for archive with latest January updates. For experienced users I still recommend your versions of W7/w10. My W7 really sucks since its very huge.

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #214 on: February 14, 2019, 01:40 AM »
Here is a screenshot of all my updated Images of Win 10 RS4,5 and Win 7 SP1.
I may have to read Harkaz's guide for using Win 7 slipstreaming. Rebase tool is wonderful, I updated SF edition w7 october edition to January updates... Now it starts within 3 secs and shuts down in a sec on NVMe drive. Thanks SF.I'm deprecating most Appx on newer Win 10 versions because I believe they aren't updating their apps anymore which are absolute crap after updating to same versions as of Redstone 5.scarface: Can we use rebase whilst the image is mounted using GImageX?

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Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #215 on: February 14, 2019, 12:33 PM »
Here is a screenshot of all my updated Images of Win 10 RS4,5 and Win 7 SP1.
I may have to read Harkaz's guide for using Win 7 slipstreaming. Rebase tool is wonderful, I updated SF edition w7 october edition to January updates... Now it starts within 3 secs and shuts down in a sec on NVMe drive. Thanks SF.I'm deprecating most Appx on newer Win 10 versions because I believe they aren't updating their apps anymore which are absolute crap after updating to same versions as of Redstone 5.scarface: Can we use rebase whilst the image is mounted using GImageX?

With windows 10, you can do it with:
Dism /Image:C:\test\ /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

With windows 7, to use Rebase for an offline image mounted to D:\mount use this syntax: rebase –image:D:\mount\Windows [-extreme|-decompress-base] [-hideupdates]
The D:\mount\Windows directory is the Windows directory of the mounted image in 99.99% of cases. If you changed the Windows directory name to WinDir, you should point to the absolute path of the mounted Windows directory as follows:
–image:D:\mount\WinDir

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #216 on: February 15, 2019, 05:11 AM »
Here is a screenshot of all my updated Images of Win 10 RS4,5 and Win 7 SP1.
I may have to read Harkaz's guide for using Win 7 slipstreaming. Rebase tool is wonderful, I updated SF edition w7 october edition to January updates... Now it starts within 3 secs and shuts down in a sec on NVMe drive. Thanks SF.I'm deprecating most Appx on newer Win 10 versions because I believe they aren't updating their apps anymore which are absolute crap after updating to same versions as of Redstone 5.scarface: Can we use rebase whilst the image is mounted using GImageX?

With windows 10, you can do it with:
Dism /Image:C:\test\ /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

With windows 7, to use Rebase for an offline image mounted to D:\mount use this syntax: rebase –image:D:\mount\Windows [-extreme|-decompress-base] [-hideupdates]
The D:\mount\Windows directory is the Windows directory of the mounted image in 99.99% of cases. If you changed the Windows directory name to WinDir, you should point to the absolute path of the mounted Windows directory as follows:
–image:D:\mount\WinDir
I re-read the Rebase manual and now it worked. Looks like I was doing it wrong. I did find Dism++ doing similar SxS cleanup on live OS. I will try rebase once more for testing. Do you think 4.1GB is too big for 4 editions of W7?

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Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #217 on: February 15, 2019, 12:36 PM »
I re-read the Rebase manual and now it worked. Looks like I was doing it wrong. I did find Dism++ doing similar SxS cleanup on live OS. I will try rebase once more for testing. Do you think 4.1GB is too big for 4 editions of W7?
If your iso is 4.1 Gb, I think it's a bit big indeed, if you have applied rebase -extreme -online.
But I think you can't compete with harkaz and me and with our sysprep method, sorry to say that, because you are applying some patches offline and your method seems to force you to keep several editions in your iso. If I was trimming down the winsxs folder aggressively, I could probably go below 2Gb for windows 7. The only problem is that it breaks the possibility to install future updates. Apparently using harkaz's rebase seems to have the same consequences sometimes. I didn't experience problems with the method to clean winsxs folder under windows 10. But this time it's an official tool.

Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #218 on: February 15, 2019, 10:35 PM »
I re-read the Rebase manual and now it worked. Looks like I was doing it wrong. I did find Dism++ doing similar SxS cleanup on live OS. I will try rebase once more for testing. Do you think 4.1GB is too big for 4 editions of W7?
If your iso is 4.1 Gb, I think it's a bit big indeed, if you have applied rebase -extreme -online.
But I think you can't compete with harkaz and me and with our sysprep method, sorry to say that, because you are applying some patches offline and your method seems to force you to keep several editions in your iso. If I was trimming down the winsxs folder aggressively, I could probably go below 2Gb for windows 7. The only problem is that it breaks the possibility to install future updates. Apparently using harkaz's rebase seems to have the same consequences sometimes. I didn't experience problems with the method to clean winsxs folder under windows 10. But this time it's an official tool.
4.1GB is without doing rebase. I'll remove Home basic edition and that will reduce size to 3GB with 3 editions. With ESD, I can go down to 2GB ISO size but decompression takes a long time on older hardware.
For now, I use Win toolkit and NTLite for make W7 and W10 ISOs. I'll have to re-visit Harkaz Sysprep guide once again!
You did say, removed useless winre.wim file, is it Boot.wim or WinPE files?

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Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Reply #219 on: February 16, 2019, 01:08 AM »
Winpe files? no, they are used to mount or capture the wim file.
Winre.wim is just the file in the recovery folder (It's a hidden system file). Of course when deleted you can't use the recovery tool any more.


You know, I've been thinking about going to India in May or June. To see sth else.
I don't know if I could see you in Mumbai or New Delhi. I can even pay the trip for Maher or humbert.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 02:37 AM by Vasudev »