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

05 Nov 2011   #1
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
New HP laptop loaded with bloatware - keep/discard what?

So I just purchased this wicked basic HP laptop. I'm floored with it's performance for a sub $400.00 purchase. I've attached some pictures (sorry about the focus) the thing is I've ordered free system discs to do a clean install but there are tons of HP programs for all sorts of things. Does anyone out there have knowledge on which are worth leaving and which must go......look at the size they take up on the C drive.....crazy !
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05 Nov 2011   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm thinking just to wait till disc arrives and then clean install and choose what to install and what not to then? Leave it to manufacturers to screw up and bloat out a good little machine. They must figure all this stuff validates there jobs but in the end it takes space and wastes resources.
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06 Nov 2011   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Here are some tips to Clean up factory bloatware.

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 Win7'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
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06 Nov 2011   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Greg as always you are the SF voice of experience. Cheers my friend and as soon as the disk comes I will clean install to my ssd double check everything then format the spinner for placement into it's usb enclosure. I wonder if I can leave the recovery partition on it?
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06 Nov 2011   #5
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Most computers come with a load of of pre-installed bloatware and a stupid hidden partition.

What I would do is

1) Backup your running image using acronis or any stand alone backup program --save to external USB disk for example. Note any serial numbers such as possibly pre-installed ms office.

2) Install the RETAIL version of W7 you want --whether Professional, home premium or ultimate

3) Re-install any apps such as Ms office. Activate with the key you got from the initial install.

Now you should be good to go.

Cheers
jimbo
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06 Nov 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Having the Recovery Disks and suggested backup image should be enough, although if you have the space and feel better about having the Recovery partition as another backup on the HD, you can keep it there until later when you reevaluate perhaps because you need the space.

Of course, Recovery from that partition would need to be done to the same HD, while the Recov Disks and Installation DVD can be used on the SSD or any other HD.
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08 Nov 2011   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

OK so the OS and driver disks showed up today. Clean install on my SSD and the laptop is taking software and responding like a champ. It blazes through tasks like the hot blade through butta. Man I'm glad I scored this badboy when I did as the price jumped up almost 120.00 since I did.
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08 Nov 2011   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Good to hear back. Enjoy it!

Let us know if any issues come up.
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09 Nov 2011   #9
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Check this improvement out !
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Not bad for under 4 bills delivered !


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09 Nov 2011   #10
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

I would leave the "bloatware" alone.
  • Instead, I'd simply find out if any of it auto-runs at startup (and disable that).
  • I'd see if any of it runs as background services (and disable them).
  • Then I'd find their shortcuts in the Start Menu and either delete them or move them to a Junk folder.
Result: No junkware for now, but it's entirely there if you should have any future, unforeseen need. And you're not damaging anything. The only "bloat" is a few GB of storage. But on a 250 GB drive that's rather trivial.
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