How To Use vLite Without Installing WAIK

UPDATE: This guide no longer works. We suggest you try RT Seven Lite tool (free) to create unattended Windows 7 installation and also integrate drivers and updates. Win Integrater is also another free tool with similar set of features.

vLite, which was original released to tweak and customize the setup of Windows Vista operating system supports Windows 7 as well. It’s one of the best free Windows configuration tools around for Vista as well as Windows 7. It lets you integrate hotfix, updates, drivers and service packs into the setup and create unattended bootable ISO file.

Users who would like to remove one or more components from the installation media can also use this tool. For instance, you can remove games, Windows Media Player, Media Center and Windows Firewall features from the setup.

We have already blogged about the vLite for Windows 7, and also how to use vLite to integrate drivers into Windows 7 setup, and create unattended Windows 7 setup. If you have tried the recent versions of vLite software, you probably know this problem.

 vlite logo

When you install and run vLite for the very first time, you will be asked to install the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit). Although WAIK is available to download at Microsoft Download Centre for free (thanks Microsoft), downloading the mammoth1.3GB file is not an easy task for low speed internet connection users.

WAIK for vlite

In order to resolve this problem, we have a small trick that helps you to avoid downloading the 1.3 GB file. Note that we recommend installing the WAIK from Microsoft if you are on a good internet connection. Follow the instructions given below to avoid installing WAIK:

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of vLite from here.

Step 2: Now that you have installed vLite, download this RAR file (this file is no longer available).

Step 3: Extract the RAR file to get a folder and dll file.

Step 4: Copy the wimfltr folder to C:\Program Files\vLite directory (C is your Windows 7 drive), and also copy the wimgapi.dll file to the same directory.

Step 5: Launch the vLite program without any problem.



  1. Rezwanur Rahman Pantho says

    There no link of such rar file . I’m a limited user and my inter speed is only 256 kbps. Please give me a solution.

  2. Knuckles says

    Piece of shit file hosting site.
    Thank you, everyone, for telling me that it’s broken. I was about to waste my time performing a survey just to be greeted with a “File not found” message.

  3. John says

    vLite doesn’t see inside the folder with the .iso file. It only sees folders, than prompts: Cannot find the expected files. Make sure you select the folder or drive that contains the Vista installation files, usually on the installation DVD.
    Also the “Presets” in the menu are grayed out and the “Presets” folder inside C:\Program Files\vLite is empty.

  4. Hans S says

    Works greate open the rar unzip the file on the vlite folder and the subfolder there too and it works!!! Thanks to all !!!! Hans

  5. Tan says

    Thanks very much. The link is no longer usuable but comment 14 has the files. Thank you stardus. This works!!!

  6. thedeamon says

    just need wimgapi.dll copied to vlite root folder.

    ensure to put correct .dll for x86 & x64.

    if you want both then create a folder “wimfltr” with sub folders x86 & x64 which will hold respective dll’s.

  7. Ennon says

    Well, regardless of the linked file no longer being available, this may be easier:

    1) Install vLite 1.1.6, which INCLUDES the WAIK files
    2) Install vLite 1.2 over that. (Which will still have the WAIK files)
    3) . . .
    4) Profit!!!

    Much easier IMO 😀

  8. Jolu says

    It works like a charm, after copying folder and dll file to its destination, start vlite, and when install WAIK window appears again, click “Install” button. Something is copied, or supposed to, anyway, and then you’re in vlite.

  9. tsakaji says

    Thanks for that!!! I was looking for the 2 ****king dll files to execute vlite and don’t wanted to download 1.7 gb just for that. You’re the best!

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