|23 Aug 2011||#3|
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The guy probably meant to install Windows without the many "extras" you get with an OEM installation. But that would require you either clean up the Installation/recovery disk (which you have to burn from your recovery partition) with nLite, or use a clean installation disk and apply your product key which is on the box of your PC.
I would not bother. Just install the system the normal way. Then you can delete the stuff you do not want either with an uninstall (use Revo - advanced procedure) or disable it from the Startups.
Having a few extra programs sitting in your program files does not really bother. They just take a bit of disk space of which you probably have plenty. If they nest in the startups, that can be a bit more of a pain. They take RAM and they may pop up with annoying messages.
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|23 Aug 2011||#6|
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You can also use ccleaner to disable automatic startup of any apps that you want to start manually, or not at all.
Bloatware can also be malware, in that it can be loaded with code that tracks usage for marketing purposes, apps like toolbars are good examples. I was able to get the rig to a reasonable number of apps buy just doing uninstall and registry clean, but it's hard to know that you have got rid of everything with some of these apps. Of course, if I have to do a re-install, I have to start all over. I would be happier with a clean install and an image I could go back to.
Some OEMs make an installer helper app that lets you install windows from a standard install DVD and still setup the hidden partition, load drivers, etc. I suspect that the helper shoehorns in all of the bloatware, but I don't really know that for sure. It may not if they use the same helper app for all of their models. If it doesn't, that would let you set up a nice clean install and still have the hidden partition for restore, which would be nice. That may be worth looking into.
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