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This tool lets you remove built-in Windows packages from your image, for example Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center or Internet Explorer. The difference between this and vLite is that this tool uninstalls them the official way rather than remove files the downside is that the image does not shrink as much as just removing the files. It also lets you remove old updates.

WARNING: Anything you remove using this tool can't be undone, it is permanent!


Step 1: When you first open up this tool you will be asked to select the image you wish to work with. Click 'Browse' and select the install.wim you wish to work with and then either click on the item Windows version you want and press select or just double click.


Once done, the image will start to mount and retrieve all available packages within the image, it will not show ones which have already been removed.

Note: You may notice that this list has more than the list available in 'All-In-One Integrator', this is because in the AIO i have only included the basics, whilst Component Remover will include everything, including updates.

Step 2: Select the items you want to remove

Once all the items have been listed, you can select the components you wish to remove.

Green: Safe to remove.

Yellow: Unknown, be careful removing these

Red:This will break something, something depends on this feature but it will hopefully say what it is.

Step 3: Begin

Once you have everything selected, you can now click 'Remove Components', once done it will rescan and shows you what's left in the image.

Step 4: Save

Once done, you can go ahead and close the tool, click 'Yes' and it will ask you if you want to save the image, i recommend you to 'Save & Rebuild', however if you are going to be working on more than one image then just rebuild once you're done with your last image.

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In short, it's Component Uninstaller, not Component Remover :) Wouldn't it be better if it first uninstalls and then deletes components? Yes, it may take longer but it's done safe way, right? Right?

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Would it be possible to get this tool to generate a list of removed components? A.K.A Like the AIO Integrator generates a last session report.

That's for the request forum.

Question is it safe to remove HomeGroup just asking to make sure first thank for your help

Should be, i remove it all the time.

In short, it's Component Uninstaller, not Component Remover :) Wouldn't it be better if it first uninstalls and then deletes components? Yes, it may take longer but it's done safe way, right? Right?

It uses DISM to to uninstall the components, i'm slowly trying to move to the vLite method which takes a lot of time.

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Few questions:


AIO doesn't check but Component Remover should show the superseded ones.


Superseded ones i can see on "state:superseded" in subgroup "updates", true?

I have in a build 25 updates/components in a group call "Unknown" - what that?

And: What means the state "staged"?


It uses DISM to to uninstall the components, i'm slowly trying to move to the vLite method which takes a lot of time.

How its at the moment? Just "not-install" or the Vlite "removed"?

I would happy about ~realy~ removed method, what u think? :)


At last: What the different between Component Remover and the Component Remove-Option in AIO Integrator? Just to see the updates or more?



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May post as bug in bug section. :)




May important for guide:

What means the follow states?


- Installed

- Install Pending

- Stages

- Supdersed (Okay thats means is "replaced", so its no more necessary and can deleted"

- Not Present


Whats different, how handle?



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how in the world does it uninstall the packages in windows 7 images?

i get you can use the /remove switch with /remove-package in windows 8 to "remove the payload" but dism for win 7 don't got that feature..

what magic is this??


aah. so the features are packages as well :D now to figuring out how to get permission to remove :P

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