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Windows 7: pre installed programs...do they slow my computer?

11 Mar 2012   #1
inouno

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
pre installed programs...do they slow my computer?

Hi Guys,
My HP has a lot of pre installed programs.
I don't use (basically) any of them.
If I uninstall them, will my computer run faster?
I have limited my Start up programs to 3 things only. Firewall, Antivirus, and one other.
I have recieved good advice from this Forum, regarding (I have the need for speed) SSD and i7 and add Ram.


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11 Mar 2012   #2
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

Yes, you will have better performance, because now their is probably less startup items, and your HDD has more room to spare and use.

You may have only 3 starup programs now but overtime people get more and all it does is makes your system have to allocate resources for those task.

There might not be much performance gain, because of your fast system but now your system is more free to do the stuff YOU decide to do and not HP
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11 Mar 2012   #3
inouno

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thank you.
And yes, I just hate the way HP and everybody else forces me to comply with their criteria.
Can I ask you a side question. I don't know the difference between " Post reply" and "Quick reply"
For instance...what is the correct method to implement, in replying to your answer?
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11 Mar 2012   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

They both work the same way. Quick Reply leaves out some of the extras you can put in your post should you wish to. It's an easy way to dash off a quick "yes" or "no" type of answer.

As for all the bloatware which comes with a new PC, I've recommended The PC Decrapifier for years. Something I always recommend with a new PC is to make an image of all the partitions with something like Macrium Reflect before you dive in willy-nilly deleting stuff. That way you are sure of being able to restore everything should you goof or even when you go to sell the computer someday. Dig out one of those dinky old hard drives you shoved in the closet, put your image(s) on it, shove it back in the closet, then rest assured that there is little you can do to the computer that you can't undo down the road if you need to.
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11 Mar 2012   #5
inouno

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

"bloatware" excellent description of what it is. Never heard that term before.
I don't know what "image" means.

I keep a carefull System Restore. I keep it small and to the point. (because, any not yet known virus' at the point of restore, will reappear on the restore point. Even if they have been eradicated since virus update and control.)

Thank you for your reply. I am hesitant to download the link. I think I might do it the Willy Nilly way.

What is the worst that can happen ? I get a new computer.
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11 Mar 2012   #6
chris1neji

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I dont consider System Restore as a Virus removel tool, i consider more of a tool for when a recent update (driver, Software, or recent tweak) was done and now the system experiences instability. We recommend it to keep it on

Image, the best way i can explain is pretend you can have a clone of your computer, exact copy with all of your stuff and settings at when this SystemImage was done.
Unlike a Windows Reinstallation this is of your current state no need to redownload all your programs, re do Installation setup or any of that. System Image works as long as the hardware doesnt change.

Here is how MS describes it
What is a system image?
How some other guy describes it
Andy Rathbone's Blog What’s the difference between a System Image and a regular backup in Windows 7?
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11 Mar 2012   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

The PC Decrapifier just scans the computer for non-essential programs and shows you a list of what it finds. You can pick the ones you want to get rid of and leave the others alone.

Macrium reflect is an excellent imaging tool. An image is basically a copy of your entire partition which can be restored from a bootable CDROM if you want to put the drive back exactly as it was when the image was made. I use it myself and have it set to run automatically every Sunday morning. (I delete older images on a regular basis so I don't fill up my storage drive too quickly.) If I have a serious problem with my computer where a reinstall looks like the best option I can restore a recent image (from before the problem started) and be back in business in an hour - with all my programs, tweaks, settings, etc, still intact. Beats re-downloading a ton of stuff, plugging in a backup of my email and favorites, getting all my preferences back the way I like them, blah, blah, blah. (I like to throw in some real technical jargon at the end.)
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11 Mar 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I agree with Profdlp. Macrium Reflect is a must for any computer. You might not think so, but there will be times on your PC when things just get messed up. If you have Macrium, you just restore the image of your PC and you are good to go. The best part is that it is free. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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11 Mar 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you want, you can always clean install Windows without all the manufacturer-added bloatware as this tutorial explains.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key
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11 Mar 2012   #10
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
I agree with Profdlp. Macrium Reflect is a must for any computer. You might not think so, but there will be times on your PC when things just get messed up. If you have Macrium, you just restore the image of your PC and you are good to go. The best part is that it is free. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

I wholeheartedly agree with bigmck.I personally use Macrium Free edition and make weekly or monthly backups of my hard drive partitions.
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