"STU9000 That's the question, or one of them, what can I remove?
EDIT I'm getting weird news updates on this VAIO help centre thing, even though I'm not even connected to the internet yet! What's that all about? I want rid. Can I rid my computer of all vaio software and do the recovery from there"
The first and only time that happened was shocking. The PC's WiFi was turned on out-of-the-box. Somehow, the PC and the software were able to access the internet for updates and I had barely finished with the OS settings.
Like you, I wanted to get rid of the vaio software. But a few are NECESSARY, which I found out in hindsight. In particular, a few hardware components and devices like Bluetooth require Sony software to access.
In order to know what to remove, one must know what will replace it, if any.
Security. What is there now? Trialware? When does it expire? What are the alternatives?
Media (video, pics, music) handling. Does what Sony offer better or worse than Windows? Are there alternatives to these two?
Office productivity. Trialware? Alternatives?
Start with security! Then you can go search the "foreign" stuff at your leisure.