Weekend Gadget Guidance: Speed up Vista installation via thumb drive

It's Labor Day weekend. Have you given your computer a fresh Windows install for the holiday?

Vista Install Screen
It's Labor Day weekend. Have you given your computer a fresh Windows install for the holiday?

(If you're the kind of guy or gal who's into periodically wiping your hard drive, this tip's for you.)

The How-To Geek over at Lifehacker recently posted a great tip that helps speed up the terribly, awfully, frighteningly slow installation that is Windows Vista.

Effectively, the tip involves trimming the installation disc down to the bare essentials and using the popular vLite program in conjunction with a flash drive: First, create a custom install using vLite, save it to your hard drive, prepare your USB drive by partitioning it, then simply copy the files over to your memory stick.

It's more than a five-minute process, but if you plan on regularly reformatting your hard drive and starting with a fresh Windows install, it's worth it.

Tips for speedy installs? Leave 'em in TalkBack.

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