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Windows 7: need help safely removing all bloatware, specific list

24 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
need help safely removing all bloatware, specific list

I have seen a few threads asking which bloatware is safe to remove from HP laptops, all seem to have different default programs so I figured I'd make a new thread for my specific list of programs which I've attached in the photos. Thanks!



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24 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't see anything in the lists you posted.
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24 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I don't see anything in the lists you posted.
Do you mean to say that the images are not appearing for you or that you don't see any bloatware? I have already removed obvious ones, figured a few more obscure ones were still lingering for sure.
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24 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brocode View Post
I have seen a few threads asking which bloatware is safe to remove from HP laptops, all seem to have different default programs so I figured I'd make a new thread for my specific list of programs which I've attached in the photos. Thanks!

I would turn the ones you don't want, off. because removing bloatware can f**k things up, Microsoft office shouldn't do any harm

I would check to see which ones you can remove before doing this
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24 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't see any bloatware. Many new PC's do not have all the junk they did years ago. I have a new Lenovo laptop and there was nothing on there that was "bloatware".
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24 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

If you have a custom built system with a oem system builder version of windows; then you should not have any bloatware from the start. however; if you have a manufacturer built system; then yes there could be some bloatware and other utilities that are not needed in which case you can get rid of those.
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24 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Read through this tutorial. Might be what you are looking for.

By Gregrocker:
Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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24 Mar 2014   #8

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I have a number of HP machines and consider anything HP / Hewlett-Packard as bloatware.
The real question is "What do you use?"

Sort the installed program list by by Publisher and decide if you want to keep the HP software. Most are just front end replacements for standard Windows utilities.

Every user has to decide what is useful to them. If it's easier to use the OEM utilities, then leave them on the system. If you're comforatble finding the Windows feature, then uninstall the OEM "repalcement".

What is on your machine is your choice, take Cyberlink for example. I don't need two movie editors or two burners (actually I do use two burners, one is specialized and one came with Widows)... so I uninstalled Cyberlink software. I played with it for a while to see if it was worth keeping, but decided it was only a fun thing to have. Since I could download it again, I uninstalled it.

I marked the things I would (did on my system) remove with and asterisk (*)


Energy Star Digital Logo - no clue

* Adobe Shockwave Player - antiquated

3D DriveGuard senses acceleration and parks the heads - you might want to keep that one (I didn't)

* HP Connection Mgr - HP "replacement" for Windows Network and Sharing
HP Documentation - nice to have, but it's big
* HP DVB-T TV Tuner - does no good without a tuner card
* HP On Screen display - HP "replacement" for Windows Ease of Use on screen display
* HP Power Mgr - HP "replacement" for Windows power
* HP Quick Launch - HP "replacement" for Windows task bar
* HP Software Framework is for the HP stuff
*>....(Support Assistant only I think - might be used by other HP apps)
* HP Support Assitant - easy access to HP page for you machine
*>....plus some other front end GUI stuff that isn't really needed.

* Cyberlink PowerDVD - alternative to Windows Movie Maker & Windows Burn
* Cyberlink Youcam - fun movie editor

* Microsoft Silverlight - only used on MS pages as far as I can tell.
*> If you uninstall it, Windows Update will offer it again (5 updates) so I suggest that you hide the update when it is offered.

* Windows Live Mesh Active X Control - no clue,
*> mesh has been removed / replaced in Windows (Live) Essentials 2012
*>You might use this in some application - I don't see Windows (Live) Essentials in the list.
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25 Mar 2014   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks Slartybart great response! Was going to leave it ad is but ended up clearing out at least 6 more things
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27 Mar 2014   #10

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You're welcome Bro.

Most OEMs offer their 'special' software as a download on the machine's support page, so it's a no brainer most of the time.
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