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Windows 7: New HP laptop loaded with bloatware - keep/discard what?

09 Nov 2011   #11
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I agree that the first step is to get a clean boot, then as suggested in Clean up factory bloatware
over time decide what programs you don't want and uninstall them.

To get a clean boot, uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup except AV, then in msconfig>Services "Hide all MS Services" and do the same. After several restarts make sure nothing turns itself back on or turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. YOu now have a clean boot.

With HP's the Wireless Manager bloatware must have it's Preferences set to allow Independent Managers before you can turn it off or it will block Windows 7's superior network connection. Then I'd uninstall it and bury it in the backyard.


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09 Nov 2011   #12

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Well the problem that I was having and still have to some degree is that with a 64gb ssd you don't have unlimited space and with my Office, Nero, Adobe, Act, Database, AV and Malware, MediaMonkey, Quicken, MapPoint and other needed software space becomes a premium. Also at the rate MS is sending out large important updates having any un-needed bloatware just wasn't an option.
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09 Nov 2011   #13
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You need a clean reinstall more than most. Even if you remove all the HP bloatware -worst in the industry - your Registry is clogged with abandoned keys that not even CCleaner can root all of them out. Performance is always affected to some degree.

A clean install of only the Windows 7 OS is always a superior install.

With HP you don't even need to lose any favorite apps included, since with the tutorial I posted early on you can extract any apps from the Recovery Disks.

Do you have access to a Windows 7 DVD or ISO for your version?

The steps are all here to get it perfect: Reinstalling Windows 7
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09 Nov 2011   #14

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Greg this is what I was referring to in link #7. So like you said with these vital and not supplied without a special call and wait OS disks, always best to clean install and that's just what I wanted to do. But then with the drivers and software disk I could pick and choose things to install back in programs like the face and finger print recognition program and such.
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09 Nov 2011   #15
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Yes I thought you had an OS DVD and not the REcovery disks with bloatware that it sounds like now.

Do you have access to a Windows 7 installation DVD for your version to clean reinstall with Product Key on COA sticker?

I'd use the drivers given by the installer and then quickly updated via optional Windows Updates. Any missing in Device Manager can be found on HP Support DOwnloads webpage for your model where some software should also be posted.
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10 Nov 2011   #16

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Greg I only have my copy of my Windows 7 Ultimate which is on my desktop. Are you saying I could have used that and then put in the Product Key from the OEM Windows 7 Home Premium? I just used the OS disk HP sent and it clean installed very well.
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10 Nov 2011   #17
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Yes, as stated in my first post above:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Best however to Clean Reinstall following these tips: Reinstalling Windows 7

With HP's you can leave the Recovery Partition and it will still run from boot even if you reinstall to C. There is a minimal Recover option on new HP's which is very close to a Clean Reinstall - you'll just need to discard the useless Wireless Manager which adds 30 seconds to boot time in favor of Windows 7's superior one.

You can also extract favorite apps from the Recovery Disks so you don't have to have them all: Extract HP 3rd Party Software from RecovCD
The disks HP sent are hardly a clean reinstall but the factory image loaded with the worst load of bloatware in the industry. Always best to go clean, especially trying to preserve space on that new SSD.

What I would do is extract the Ultimate ISO using ImgBurn, then run the eicfg removal tool
on the ISO to unlock all versions, burn another DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed, boot to install your licensed version with Product Key on COA sticker. The steps to get a perfect install are here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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10 Nov 2011   #18

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Excellent as always Greg, I will look into this.
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11 Nov 2011   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you don't mind me adding to Greg's excellent support you can also copy the swsetup folder, which houses HP's drivers, third-party applications such as Cyberlink software and the Vision Diagnostics ISO.

Obviously, you would need to copy the folder before you wipe the hard drive when you clean install Windows.

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11 Nov 2011   #20
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Great idea, Seavixen!

Your drivers are also all backed up in Windows/System32/Drivers which you can back up and browse to from Device Manager for any missing after install and optional Updates.
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