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Dism++ (Windows configuration and update utility)

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:34 pm
by Magibon
[2018-07-06 Moderator note: topic original subject was "Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks (Dism++)"]

Here's my personal package that i use after every clean install:
http://www.mediafire.com/?xe50h5wc909amzg

Here's the content of the package:

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I hate context menu entries, it causes problems like Windows Explorer crashes, load time,etc.
I have a set routine that i do after every clean install to remove useless/unneeded context menu entries.

i.e.

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Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:09 pm
by SYSTEM
I have tweaked my copy of Windows 7 before install, by using RT Se7en Lite (not portable).

It's a very powerful tweaking tool, able to remove e.g. the winsxs directory. :o On the other hand, it's very easy to break something by mistake: for example, Windows Firewall was unable to start in my first custom build of Windows 7.

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:47 am
by guinness
What theme are you using on Windows 7 Magibon? It looks like the Start Button is similar to the Opera Menu Button.

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:42 pm
by Magibon
SYSTEM wrote:I have tweaked my copy of Windows 7 before install, by using RT Se7en Lite (not portable).

It's a very powerful tweaking tool, able to remove e.g. the winsxs directory. :o On the other hand, it's very easy to break something by mistake: for example, Windows Firewall was unable to start in my first custom build of Windows 7.
yea.. i used it but it causes unforeseen corruption .. which is a pain to fix/undo after i have already installed Windows 7 ..
Some say try in VMware first, but it still takes a lot of time and some corruption is not discovered until long usage.

I have also tried Mr. Jin's DISM Tool which allow tweaking of a live Windows Image, then save it.
I had more success with that tool but does not provide enough tweaks.

So i just install with a clean untouched image, then do what i need.
I use Windows 7 Backup and Restore after i have fully tweaked to my liking.
It works very well, saved my behind a few times already, and best of all comes with Windows so no 3rd party software ! :)

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guinness wrote:What theme are you using on Windows 7 Magibon? It looks like the Start Button is similar to the Opera Menu Button.
I found it on deviantART.

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:26 pm
by guinness
I found it on deviantART.
Thanks for that ;)

I would also like to say another Thank You for being active in the past couple of weeks, especially in the Opera discussion.

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:49 am
by Magibon
guinness wrote:
I found it on deviantART.
Thanks for that ;)

I would also like to say another Thank You for being active in the past couple of weeks, especially in the Opera discussion.

pleasure's all mine!

for so many years, i have neglected to see the purpose/benefits of freeware especially portable software.
i regarded them as cheap imitation/useless.

but after running into this site and PortableApps, you guys have completely changed my views.

i now see the many benefits of free and portable software.
i have gone from one extreme to the other.

My software collection was full of warez, but slowly have turned into free and portable software :)

the only software i actually install is my AV, Sandboxie, and VMware.
Everything else is portable and if it requires installation, i try to make it portable, and if not possible it goes on my Virtual Machine.

Im especially fond of Stealth software, or software that is close to it.

Re: DISM++ Windows tweaking utility

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:53 am
by Midas
@ http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=34606#p34606, SYSTEM wrote:It's a very powerful tweaking tool, able to remove e.g. the winsxs directory. :o
@ http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=34622#p34622, Magibon wrote:I have also tried Mr. Jin's DISM Tool which allow tweaking of a live Windows Image, then save it. I had more success with that tool but does not provide enough tweaks.
Topic update: having been rebranded DISM++, the program is still in development (currently at v10.1.11.1?) and it's the only tool that I have came across that attempts to significantly prune the winsxs cancer that lurks inside every live Windows newer than XP -- mine is currently reaching 15GB!

Although the program will have an English interface when started, the entirely Chinese homepage is located at https://www.chuyu.me/ (Google translation), but there's a recent Ghacks review at www.ghacks.net /2016/09/19/dism-windows-optimizer/.

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Re: Dism++

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:54 am
by Midas
Topic update: Dism++ is currently v10.1.15.1, dated 2016-11-17 (changelog is a the home page, but Google was unable to translate).

In this day and age where Windows updates are getting ever more lengthy, problematic and even not happening at all, Dism++ is proving to be an invaluable tool, despite the clunkyness of its interface.

More to the point, where a freshly installed and activated 8.1 system ran Windows Update without getting anywhere (stuck at downloading 0% for hours), Dism++ rapidly found an extensive list of a 100+ updates and is slowly (as in like molasses) proceeding to install them. Who's a happy camper? :wink:

Word of advice, if you take this route, just don't select everything and click go -- that will get you nowhere (really slow :)). Select sensible batches from the categories presented (don't forget to reboot after each one of them) and all will be well...

@webfork: can we add Dism++ to OP subject line for easier retrieval? It's portable, BTW, although I haven't checked for stealth...

Re: Dism++

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:32 pm
by webfork
Midas wrote:@webfork: can we add Dism++ to OP subject line for easier retrieval? It's portable, BTW, although I haven't checked for stealth...
A few other tools are mentioned in the thread, but Dism++ is clearly the focus so I don't think it'll confuse anyone.

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks (Dism++)

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:25 am
by Midas
Thanks. 8)

For the sake of completeness, here's several worthy Windows updating alternatives that have been mentioned around TPFC:

Re: Windows 7 SP1 Tweaks (Dism++)

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:01 am
by Midas
Dism++ v10.1.1000.70C released, dated 2018-05-31 (Chinese changelog at github.com /Chuyu-Team/Dism-Multi-language/blob/master/UpdateHistory.md*).

*) Google couldn't translate this. English program download at https://www.chuyu.me/en/.

Dism++ has been an invaluable resource in keeping my Windows 7 updated, considering how it will overcome most Windows Update errors... 8)