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Slipstreaming is another word for integrating Service Packs or other Software into your Windows Installation disk. For Service Packs, Microsoft offers its own services for integration as the /integrate command or the tools of the Windows Automated Installation Kit in Windows 7, for software however that it rather hard to accomplish without third party software (I don’t know of any way).
If you want additional software on your disk despite that, the easiest way is to use nLite which is a highly configurable tool to slipstream Service Packs, Software or Microsoft’s updates and hotfixes, make your disk installation unattended or even remove parts of the installation.
You can download nLite here: http://www.nliteos.com/download.html
To add software, it needs to be in a specific format – you cannot just integrate the usual executable installers. However there is a website that offers lots of compressed software packages for download: http://www.winaddons.com/
Leave the packaged files you download there as they are and do not uncompress them. They need to be integrated as they come.
For slipstreaming, open nLite and perform the integration of Hotfixes, Add-ons and Update packs.
When the step is due, select the downloaded .cab archives (if it says that the package is broken, check its size – if it is only a few kilobytes, it has been corrupted during download. Try downloading it with another browser. Firefox worked fine for me while Opera always corrupted them).
The built-in Windows tool to add and remove software is commonly used to install and uninstall software, in most cases an own uninstaller comes with the program. However, this uninstaller usually does its job quite sloppy, since numerous files, folders and/or registry entries are left behind after installation. This can either be wanted, if the left files serve as configuration preservers for the case of reinstallation of the program or, as it is in most cases, is just taken lightly by the programmers, meaning that the left files are actually only data junk never to be used again.
This data junk, if stored in masses, can slow down your computer over time. While the best method to get rid of it is to format your hard drive and reinstall the operating system from time to time, you may have reasons to not do that, but to look for a more immediate way to get rid of or to prevent such installation leftovers.
One way to uninstall software more effectively as with their own uninstaller is doing so with Revo Uninstaller.
This piece of software provides multiple steps of uninstalling – it first removes the programs with their own uninstaller and then scans the system for the so-called software rot.
If any leftover files are found, they are shown and you are given the option to delete them seperately. Only delete the files that you are sure you won’t need anymore – deleting files you don’t know or recognize can cause severe problems.
Furthermore, Revo Uninstaller comes with a bunch of useful features as emptying browser caches, deleting temporary files, Windows search queries, several histories and erasing all tracks of deleted files.