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Windows 7: HP Setup Manager

02 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
HP Setup Manager

I'm just wondering if this HP Setup Manager program that came with my pc is useful for anything that maybe I'm just not recognizing. Can I uninstall the thing? I see where it may be useful to some but i don't know.

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02 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

If by this setup manager you mean an HP application that came bundled with your HP desktop, then most likely you can uninstall it. If you have an HP laptop and it has some special, non-standard buttons, then chances are this app lets you program them. If you have no use for them, you can safely uninstall it.
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02 Mar 2011   #3

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Why don't you just fire it up and see?

Most of the techy people here will just wipe a new laptop and reinstall Windows 7 fresh and not have any of the bloatware that comes preloaded on these things around.

So can you delete it? Sure. Windows is very configurable by itself.

But what can it hurt to check it out? Just don't make any changes unless you know what they do and want them. You could always create a Restore Point beforehand.
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02 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Why don't you just fire it up and see?

Most of the techy people here will just wipe a new laptop and reinstall Windows 7 fresh and not have any of the bloatware that comes preloaded on these things around.

So can you delete it? Sure. Windows is very configurable by itself.

But what can it hurt to check it out? Just don't make any changes unless you know what they do and want them. You could always create a Restore Point beforehand.
Yeah, i did check it out. I didn't see where I needed it for anything but was just checking since I'm new to Windows 7.

The thing with re-installing windows 7 is that I would have to purchase Windows 7 again, right? The thing did't comw tith a regular Windows 7 disk, it came with a set of three restore disks which basically puts everything back on as far as bloat.
And then I had to pay extra for those as well because if not I wouldn't have had anything.
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02 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
If by this setup manager you mean an HP application that came bundled with your HP desktop, then most likely you can uninstall it. If you have an HP laptop and it has some special, non-standard buttons, then chances are this app lets you program them. If you have no use for them, you can safely uninstall it.
It's a desktop pc. It's a HP Slimline s5704y. I don't know whether I should keep the program or not. Looks like a solicitation type software but I don't know.
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02 Mar 2011   #6

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

Its amazing how poorly some of the HP bloat is documented. Look for a folder called SWSETUP at the root of C: i.e. C:\SWSETUP. Inside it you'll find copies of all apps that came preinstalled on your computer. If the HP setup manager app is there, you can delete the installed app from the computer- if something goes wrong, you can reinstall.

Also, the Recovery manager being used by HP now has an option "Software Program reinstallation" which presumably lets you reinstall factory apps. See here.

Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 HP Pavilion Slimline s5704y Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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02 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Its amazing how poorly some of the HP bloat is documented. Look for a folder called SWSETUP at the root of C: i.e. C:\SWSETUP. Inside it you'll find copies of all apps that came preinstalled on your computer. If the HP setup manager app is there, you can delete the installed app from the computer- if something goes wrong, you can reinstall.

Also, the Recovery manager being used by HP now has an option "Software Program reinstallation" which presumably lets you reinstall factory apps. See here.

Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 HP Pavilion Slimline s5704y Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Holy smoke. There is alot of junk that came with this thing. In going through my files I was wondering what they were for because the Geek
Squad was supposed to remove everything but the OS. Apparently, they didn't clean up the leftover junk. Man, there sure is a lot too.

I should have known better. Maybe I'll just go buy Windows 7 and start from scratch.

I should call and tell them what they're made of but why bother I guess.

Thanks for that information, btw.
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02 Mar 2011   #8

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

You can just cut and paste the entire SWSETUP folder to a backup drive, it wont affect your installed programs. Benefit of doing this is it'll come in handy for future installs. Also, even if you install windows fresh, then install drivers, they'll all be extracted to that silly SWSETUP folder first.
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02 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I recall years ago with xp that I could reinstall just the OS from disks using parameters. Can you do that with Windows 7? Should that be a separate thread, maybe?
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02 Mar 2011   #10

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

Unfortunately AFAIK, theres no easy and convenient way of skipping the bloatware when using the restore disks. See this thread.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...m-install.html

One option is the HP "minimized image recovery" that apparently avoids at least some bloat.

Re: The Cleanest Install (Windows 7 Recovery Discs) - HP Support Forum

Of course theres the clean install path with a regular Windows 7 disk- windows can be activated using the COA sticker key.
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