Weither you download our pre-captured .NET Framework projects or
you capture the .NET install yourself, the size of packages is
often important. Here are a few tips for reducing your package
1. Turn on compression The easiest way to generate
smaller packages is to enable compression in your package.ini file.
To do this, replace "Compression=None" with "Compression=Fast" in
your package.ini file.
2. Delete any .msi files left behind by the installer
Many application leave behind their original installer in .msi
format so that they can reinstall if they become corrupted, or if
any features of the application were installed using "install on
demand". You can safely delete the .msi files captured during the
install of the .NET Framework.
3. Delete Native Images .NET uses a process called Just
in time compilation to convert IL byte code into native processor
code at runtime. During installation, Native Image files will be
generated to the hard drive. These files can increase your package
size by 2 or 3 times, by deleting them, your pacakges can be much
smaller. In .NET 1.1, this process was very fast and it could occur
at startup time very quickly. In .NET 2.0 and higher, the native
image compilation is significantly slower. There is a speed hit for
startup time if you decide to delete native images because these
images will be generated in memory rather than be pre-exiting in
your Thinstalll package.
You can delete native images by deleting the directories: