The developer behind WinReducer 8 has recently updated the program and it now officially supports the recently released Windows 8.1. For those who aren’t familiar with WinReducer, it’s a free software designed to help you customize Windows 8.1 setup ISO by integrating drivers, software, updates, new themes, and tweaks.
Users who previously have used WinReducer will quickly notice the fresh UI introduced with this version. As with the case of previous versions, WinReducer 8.1 also lets you remove various features and components from the ISO file so that you can install Windows features and programs only that you would like to have. Options to create un-attended setup and bootable USB drive of the customized ISO are also available in this Windows setup customization software.
Unlike initial versions of WinReducer 8, installing WinReducer 8.1 isn’t a very straight-forward job, and first time users might find it difficult to install. After downloading and extracting WinReducer 8.1 zip file, you need to download 7-Zip, Resource Hacker, ImageX, SetACL. This is because, WinReducer 8.1 requires all above mentioned free software to run and operate but doesn’t include them.
Luckily, to help novice users, the developer has packed a detailed how-to PDF guide into the zip file and one can go through the same for instructions before beginning to install and run the software.
Please note that WinReducer 8.1 is compatible with Windows 8.1 only. That is, you need to install it on a PC running Windows 8.1 and can customize Windows 8.1 ISO only. In simple words, you can’t install WinReducer 8.1 on Windows 8 and can’t customize Windows 8 setup ISO image file. In order to customize Windows 8 ISO, download WinReducer 8.
Once you prepare the customized Windows 8.1 ISO, we recommend you test it in a virtual machine before installing on a physical machine.
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