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I have a 64GB SSD, which I use for OS. Windows 7 and 8 use a lot of space once they install all the latest updates. It eats about half of my SSD space. I would like to have a very lightweight edition of Windows 7, because Windows 8 does not have all the drivers my computer needs. I was wondering if there is a way to have the latest updates, Windows 7-8 security, drivers support, great performance and a very lightweight OS. I would use Linux, which would be a great idea in this case, but I need to run software that only works on Windows. Any help will be very appreciated.

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Create it yourself: RT 7 Lite. – gronostaj Aug 29 '13 at 8:09
I was thinking that. Be careful tho, taking out too much breaks things, naturally – Journeyman Geek Aug 29 '13 at 8:09
Yes, it's a good tool, but the updates still take more than twice the space the original installation takes. – Stein Aug 29 '13 at 8:09
I think you can delete de Updates uninstallers, you will only lose the ability to uninstall the Updates, not the Updates themselves – golimar Aug 29 '13 at 8:15
Yes, I did that before. It saves a little bit of space. – Stein Aug 29 '13 at 8:23

Microsoft offers a Windows Embedded Version of Windows 7 which you can customize the way you need it. Here you can install which functions you want and which not.

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Have a look at Puppy Linux:

The aim of this distribution is a lightweight and small linux. Maybe you can find alternative linux based programs nevertheless (there are a lot!).

Alternatively you can install Windows 7 and use an external Hard Drive for your datas.

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Thank you for your post. Unfortunately, it is complicated to find alternatives for the software I use and I am very used to my old programs. The second solution is a good idea, but my point to reduce the size of OS drive is to have heavyweight software and a game or two on the same drive (since SSD increases the speed). – Stein Aug 29 '13 at 10:58
Have you looked into using Wine? It's a wrapper for Windows applications that runs in linux. So far I've only found a few programs that haven't run properly, and they were video games. Most programs should work fine. – Moses Aug 29 '13 at 14:57
If you do try the linux option (and you can try a live version to see if it works first) you could get away with a full blown distro not just puppy linux. Ubuntu only takes something like 10Gb. – Holloway Mar 20 '14 at 15:44

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