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Windows 7: Bloatware?

04 Sep 2013   #1
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Bloatware?

New term to me. What is it? How do I learn if I have it? My HP machine is same age as 1st official release of Windows 7 64bit Home Prem. Have added a lot of 3rd party apps, some light (MPC, Winamp, Rocketdock, etc.) some heavy (Photoshop, Autocad), overall runs ok.

-thnx


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04 Sep 2013   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Bloatware is unneeded and unnecessary software added to the OS by system manufacturers such as Dell and HP etc.
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04 Sep 2013   #3
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Trial software. The perfect installation is the best way and best experience of windows 7. Just windows and no trial junk from an antivirus or games that comes with your computer.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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04 Sep 2013   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If you're not ready for a reinstall or just want a better understanding of bloatware and what you can do without a reinstall, take a look at this tutorial by gregrocker:
Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Just looking at your msconfig/startup can be an eye opener if you haven't checked that
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04 Sep 2013   #5
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thnx boozad/andrew for addressing 1st question. And for question 2? (The only trial s/w I can recall is Norton and I removed that immediately.)
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04 Sep 2013   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I don't know if you saw my last post, or we crossed paths...

Your specs don't specify much, do you have a pre-built such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, ... ?
This tutorial by Brink can help you update SF specs:
System Info - See Your System Specs

When people here try to help you, the more info you have in System Specs can be a BIG help...
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04 Sep 2013   #7
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thnx David. I will go thru Shawn's tutorial and report back.
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04 Sep 2013   #8
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sys specs updated per post #6.
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04 Sep 2013   #9
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
(The only trial s/w I can recall is Norton and I removed that immediately.)
If your machine is running fine (and sounds like it is), you've removed the A/V you didn't install - then it appears you're in the clear.

Otherwise you can post a screenshot (using the Snipping tool) of your Msconfig startup and we'd be able to tell at a glance what's necessary and what is not.
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05 Sep 2013   #10
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
(The only trial s/w I can recall is Norton and I removed that immediately.)
If your machine is running fine (and sounds like it is), you've removed the A/V you didn't install - then it appears you're in the clear.

Otherwise you can post a screenshot (using the Snipping tool) of your Msconfig startup and we'd be able to tell at a glance what's necessary and what is not.
thnx - I cannot figure out how to 'grow' the msconfig dialogue in order to display all the of Startup contents for the snip. How do I grow this window?
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