NTLite is a utility program that was designed to create Microsoft Windows installation packages based on the images of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Server 2012 and up. The program is distributed on a paid basis but also gives users free license with limited functions. This is what we will describe further.
The program’s work is based on editing the Windows image’s content. The developers recommend using only “clean” installations of the platform as a base. NTLite allows you to modify the content of the Windows installation images by adding and deleting the OS components, such as drivers, language packages, applications, updates, change the installation order and default values of parameters. Thus, you can switch off the firewall, Windows Defender and accounts control. This way you can create installation packages for personal use that contain many custom design themes, cursors, fonts or special versions for close corporate environment with limited access rights, inactive services and games.
You can include the installation of various network services, libraries and frameworks, editors and professional IDE into the package. It will be useful for software developers, designers, computer engineers, testers and network administrators.
NTLite has intuitive interface and the option to choose color theme. It is not possible to expand the toolbar, unfortunately.
- Free of charge.
- Supports modern Windows OS.
- There are х86 and х64 versions of the program.
- Intuitive interface.
- User manual and several examples at the official website of the developer.
- Fast and simple installation.
- No ads.
- Limited functionality of the free version of the program.
- Toolbar is not expandable.
- Small number of program usage examples.
- No option of bulk loading of the installed drivers from the current host in the free version of the program.
NTLite is an excellent product for a wide range of tasks that helps to compile various Windows installation packages – custom images for gamers and game computers that are compatible for technical support specialists and service centers, contain pre-installed programs for engineers and developers, limited for usage only inside enterprises and organizations, lightweight for old hardware platforms, etc.
Changes in recent version
- Settings: Win11 ‘TPM and SecureBoot setup requirement’ option
- (Make sure to apply to boot.wim, read description)
- Updates: Windows 11 Express Update CAB+PSF (Patch Storage File) integration support
- Components: ‘Windows Animation Manager’ 32 and 64 bit removals, 64-bit needed on Win8.1 and 10
- General: /AppendPreset switch option, to load additional common settings from command-line
- General: /ThreadMax switch option, to limit maximum CPU usage from command-line
- Components: ‘Windows PushToInstall Service’ split from Store, removal does not break Store
- Components: ‘Cumulative Update cache’ always listed for removal as an placeholder for integration in the same session
- Post-setup: CompactOS template moved to User box, and added the LZX option for deeper compression
- Updates: Simplified update cache subdirectory names for Win10 (“10.0.”->”10.”). Supports old paths if pre-exist
- UI-Translation: Thanks for Chinese Simplified (Gskening), French (tistou77), Italian (gabritb01), Polish (KrzysioZ)
- Components: ‘Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin’ detached from ‘Azure Active Directory’, only former needed for Store sign-in
- Components: Telemetry removal hanging setup for older Win10 versions, same like disable tweak was doing
- Source: Improved status bar Windows version display for loaded Server editions
- Presets: Not lowercasing preset file paths any more, it was a regression since directory subscription feature
- Updates: Win10 20H2 update list auto-select