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Windows 7: got a returned PC?

06 Nov 2010   #1

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
got a returned PC?

hi Everyone,

I recently got my Envy17, and have been doing some bloatware removal. When I go into Programs and Features, I see a bunch of programs that have install dates of July 31 2010. I'm wondering, how is this possible if I ordered my PC mid October and it didn't ship until 3rd week of October? How can there be programs installed back in July? Does this mean I got a previously returned PC which was initially put together in July? thanks

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06 Nov 2010   #2

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit

Have you ever thought that companies don't wait for people to order one before making them, or would it be sensible to carry stocks.
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06 Nov 2010   #3

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
Have you ever thought that companies don't wait for people to order one before making them, or would it be sensible to carry stocks.
Don't know....
The processor I got is newer than July, it's the i5-580, so that can't have been a return. But the rest of it? Do others of you out there have a newish PC that has programs intalled months before you ordered it?
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06 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

The hard drives on OEM type systems are built automatically from a master image it is more than likely that the date you see is date that the Master image was updated with those programs

It is actually possible for the install date of files on a hard disk to be older that the build date of the disk,

Some manufacturers will re-set install information to the date that the system is initiated by the end user but this is not common
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06 Nov 2010   #5

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

OK, so bottom line:
Are you guys saying this is normal and does not mean I got a returned system? thanks
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06 Nov 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Yes and yes.

Barman's post above pretty much sums it up.
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06 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Yep, its normal. And whats the big deal, most of it would be crapware you'd be getting rid of in any case. For licensed apps, just update or install your own.
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