What is the best Preset for a Windows to gaming on a TV?

wokacam

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i want to have a windows super lite for games, with a super lite system with minimal process running.
but i want to use Text Editor sometimes with Copy&Paste, print PDFs, browse webpages, make downloads, use torrent, unzip files, and maybe use Video Editors. use to Study, watch lives from School in Zoom program,
run emulators(maybe Wii emulator with sensor bar), use a Bluetooth controller, and try to run some old games from the era of windows 98/95.

but all that plugged via hdmi on a Smart TV as monitor.
so i dont need the part of windows made for Tablet, dont need the mobile parts made to phone calls, contacts, dont need the part made for servers, remote acess, no need to anti virus and anti malware, no push notifications, no need to help files and help pages, no need to search and cortana, no need to image editors(i made this on cellphone), no need to screensavers and themes and backgrounds images, no need to system sounds, no need to make photos with camera(the PC is stuck on a TV, remember),
and all other unnecessary features for mobile use for example. just a home use, main focus on Games, every plus framerate matters. Second use to Study.

i saw a project named 'Ghost Spectre Super Lite' that seems good for games, but it dont have Copy&Paste, and i want to use Text Editor sometimes.

my setup will be a AMD processor(R5 1600AF), and a gpu NVIDIA 1660 or AMD 5600XT, 16GB ram, ssd, motherboard a320 or b350.
sorry for any bad english, is not my primary language.
 
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AbacusRex

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I design Mini ITX game/media boxes as a hobby and nLite and NTLite have always been a huge part of building their "embedded" Windows installs.

I will say that, by and large, it's much easier to rip out stuff on a live installed OS than trying to master an install image. My current machine has an ungodly amount removed and it works great for the most partt, but if I apply the preset to a build ISO I have nothing but serious issues. I typically do a clean base install of my setup, snap an image of that, then run NTlite over the live OS.

It basically boils down to what you want to do; I haven't found any presets that really did everything I wanted. For example, my current HTPC:

Has full Bluetooth and XInput support: The machine is controlled by Switch Pro controllers that masquerade as Xbox controllers.

WiFi and Ethernet are supported, but SMB, NETBIOS, et all have been completely removed. File sharing is handled via a simple SFTP client it runs on boot. When I'm in "Debug Mode" with a keyboard and mouse, FireFox Portable works great.

OpenGL/Vulkan/D3D: The machine runs an nVidia GPU and the driver works fine, though the installer has to be run in silent mode due to something I've removed. I also edit my GPU driver config files to only install the core GPU driver, HDMI audio, Physx and the NV Control Panel.

Video playback: I don't use services like Netflix and such, but I do have a large library of MPG/AVI/WVM/DIVX/MP4 locally ripped that need supported.

UWF support. I run UWF to protect the machine's C drive from potential corruption. I also used parts of the "Device Lockdown" feature this is a part of to remove the logon graphics and such to make it feel less Windowsy when using the device.

Virtually nothing else matters for it: I wound up with a preset that removes over 800 components (No printing, SMB, Windows Defender, Windows Update, Modern App Support, etc...). Every 6 weeks or so I restore my un-NTLited OS image, run updates then NTLite that install.

I haven't really run into any problems for the past two weeks I've ran it this way. The only launcher for a gaming service I use is the Playstation Now client and it works as expected: Standard PC games are standalone. 146 tested games function fine. (Ranging from 1990s games to Doom Eternal/Horizon Zero Dawn). I run a lot of console emulators, and they run well too.

However, my preset would be absolutely horrible for somebody who needsd UWP support, for example. I can post my current preset if you'd like (It's based off Windows 10 LTSC 2019 using NTLite v1.9) to at least see what I was able to remove and still run games/web browse/network.
 

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