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Windows 7: Trying to remove bloatware.

12 Aug 2010   #1
Chaoz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Trying to remove bloatware.

Just got a HP Pavillion and the amount bloatware is incredible. I did a format using the recovery drive (did not come with a CD), but the bloatware is still there. I have a retail version of Win 7 Professional. Can I just use that disc to format, and use the serial key that came with the HP? Or can I download the Enterprise trial version and use the serial key?


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12 Aug 2010   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chaoz View Post
... I have a retail version of Win 7 Professional. Can I just use that disc to format, and use the serial key that came with the HP?
No, sorry. The HP key will be for an OEM license.


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Or can I download the Enterprise trial version and use the serial key?
For 90 days.

You might try Download | The PC Decrapifier
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12 Aug 2010   #3
Chaoz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So neither methods work? What if I can find a Windows 7 Home Premium (is that OEM) version?
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12 Aug 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seriously, just go to add/remove programs and uninstall the stuff you don't want. If there is still extra crap you don't want, check out pc decrapifier. That should really take care of 95% of the bloat without resorting to changing versions and not having easy access to your system recovery options.

http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/home
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12 Aug 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I agree with the two prior posters, it cannot be done. But here is a thread that I was in Yesterday

I have a question.

The computer manufacturers make money from that Bloatware, and would not make it easy to remove.
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12 Aug 2010   #6
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

No. OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer.

The bottom line is that Microsoft cuts the company a huge discount on the software with the understanding that it will only be used on the machine it came on. If you can come up with an OEM disc (without the bloatware) you might be alright.

HP and other companies stick all that crap in there to permit them to sell the computer at a better price. (Or just to gouge a few more bucks out of each sale, if you're the cynical type.) To be fair, my understanding is that the profit margin on computers is pretty slim, so this is one time I'll suspend my own cynicism.

That's the big catch with buying a pre-built computer. Any money you save (if you actually save any at all) goes down the drain should you want to do anything with your OS license key other than run it on the machine it came on with the version they gave you.
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12 Aug 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
That's the big catch with buying a pre-built computer. Any money you save (if you actually save any at all) goes down the drain should you want to do anything with your OS license key other than run it on the machine it came on with the version they gave you.
People can save money on prebuilt computers. I've seen some in stores that would be darn near impossible to build and match specs for the price paid. Especially when you factor in a legal os, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, mousepad, etc.
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12 Aug 2010   #8
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
...People can save money on prebuilt computers...
Yes. I could have sworn that I pointed that out...
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12 Aug 2010   #9
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

msconfig and uninstall . The bloatware will always still be there after a reformat as the bas**** put the bloatware on their windows install partition too , the wifes new lappy had ove 80 running processes when she first booted up!

How to use MSCONFIG in Windows 7: NetSquirrel.com

what that doesnt seem to mention is if you also choose the services tab then put a check in the "hide all microsoft services" <<<< that bits very important btw . you may also find more bloatware hidden there , be carefull though cos your antivirus/firewall sometimes hides there and you dont want to disable that.

if your not sure of what to disable google it
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12 Aug 2010   #10
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It's my understanding that you can indeed use an OEM key with a retail copy of 7 as long as it is on the same computer. I even read it in of brinks tutorials (can't remember which at the moment). You just have to make sure you install the exact same version of 7 as what came on the computer (I'm guessing Home Premium 64-bit). Here are the tutorials you would need.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
Clean Install Windows 7
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