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Windows 7: Which HP Bloatware can be removed?

13 Nov 2009   #1
hp8qer

 
Which HP Bloatware can be removed?

Hi, I just got a new hp laptop and it was stuffed with a lot of bloatware! I took off the most obvious bloatware, but wanted to know what else I would be able to remove. Anybody that can help? Thanks


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13 Nov 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Without knowing whats installed, we cant really say what is safe to remove...
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13 Nov 2009   #3
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Post a list and I can tell you what can and cannot be safely removed, in most cases everything to do with HP can be removed. Better safe then sorry though!
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13 Nov 2009   #4
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Before you start HP Bloatware surgery ...
Have you made your HP recovery DVDs ????
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13 Nov 2009   #5
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you have the M$ install DVD, I'd format the boot drive and re-install with it.
Edit: you'll have to reinstall the HP mobo drivers which you can get from their website.
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13 Nov 2009   #6
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OpSysWiz View Post
If you have the M$ install DVD, I'd format the boot drive and re-install with it.
That will Void the HP warranty .. It's only good with the original Software.

When getting HP support .. They may ask you to run some of their tools...
And possibly perform a HP system Recovery.

It might be better to just make sure all the HP Bloatware is not running at start up.

The first thing I'd remove is Norton & M$ 60 day Office trials .. & Maybe HP Media Smart
But not sure what else the new HP W7 computers come with ??

But .. I say again .. The first thing to do is make your HP recovery DVDs
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13 Nov 2009   #7
hp8qer

 

Hi, thanks for all your responses. I have created the recovery disks already, that was the first thing i did. Well, I dont want to reinstall the OS, cause it will void the warranty, plus im waiting for my free windows 7 upgrade. Uhm, this is the software that came with it (i already removed the obvious unnecessary stuff):

NVIDIA DRIVERS
CYBERLINK DVD SUITE (i will use it as a dvd burning suite, but remove all the parts of it i wont need)
Adobe Reader 9
HP Mediasmart (and all the apps linked to it)
Java 6 update 7
DigitalPersona (for the fingerprints)
HP wireless mouse drivers
IDT Audio
HP Help and Support
HP Total care advisor
Lightscribe system software
Quicklaunch buttons
Synaptics Pointing device driver
Validity sensors software
Microsoft live search toolbar
HP wireless assistant
HP Update
HP Hybrid TV Tuner drivers
Realtek ethernet drivers
HP Customer service enhancements
Microsoft visual C++ 2008...
Avermedia encoder...
HP Total care setup
ProtectSmart HHD
Windows driver packages
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13 Nov 2009   #8
hp8qer

 

O yea, and HP User Guides which is 123mb, hope i can remove it!!! Thanks
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13 Nov 2009   #9
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

This is what comes to mind for a good chunk of those. (I'm also a HP User.)

Adobe Reader 9
- Can be removed, if needed then download 9.2 from here.

Java 6 update 7
- Can be removed, download Java 6 Update 17 from here.

Microsoft live search toolbar
- Not needed.

HP wireless assistant
- Not needed.

HP Update
- Not really needed.

HP Customer service enhancements
- Not really needed.

HP Total care setup
- Not really needed.

ProtectSmart
- Get HD 3D DriveGuard from here.
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13 Nov 2009   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can also try Pc Decrapifier -=> Here
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