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

30 Mar 2012   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hey linnemeyerhere I'm currently in the same boat as you were before. I've been trying to
contact you via pm but I couldn't find a way so I had to reach you from here. I just purchased an hp g6 1d60us and needed some assistance in how to do a clean install. I had set up the computer last night and am really annoyed by the useless bloatware that hp has pre installed onto the computer. Please let me know if you can help me out with the situation im in.


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30 Mar 2012   #22
Microsoft MVP


Here is everything you need: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you want to try cleaning it up first to see how that works out: Clean Up Factory Bloatware - Windows 7 Forums
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01 Apr 2012   #23

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Same Dance different tune

So in my situation, New HP DV7 6c00 I added a 120 SSD. Going to keep original drive intact as second HDD for data, backup, user accts, etc.

Was going to use the MS AIK but for some reason would not install, says "error reading file winpe.wim. Though maybe a bad disk but same results on reburn.

Thinking through the differences between video an my RL situation, Does this have to be installed on external HD for some reason. Does it have to be on a older OS rather than a win 7 system?

Need programs on installed on the HP but not the bloat... any ideas?
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01 Apr 2012   #24
Microsoft MVP


I would clean install the licensed version with the Product Key on COA sticker. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Unplug the HD during install.

After install, plug back in the HD to wipe with Diskpart Clean Command then partition as desired in Disk Mgmt. Easiest way is to set up a set of User folders on HD to link to the related Library in Win7: Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums or you can move the User folders in Win7 to the HD: User Folders - Change Default Location

Why would you expect us to know what your "RL situation" is?
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01 Apr 2012   #25

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

Well either I did a horrible job of explaining or I caught you after a forum troll attack or maybe just in a bad mood.

I certainly didn't mean to in anyway imply that the video's author, or anyone here should have a stock answer that would apply to my situation, but quite the opposite I have to see if it applies to my situation or ask questions in trying to determine if a process can be adapted to fit my situation.

But thanks for your reply.

Since I have to pull programs off the factory install in some way, the AIK extract process appealled to me. Keep programs that I cant find online that were in the factory install -- and rid myself of HP Bloatware.

That said I have some questions so that I can apply it to my situation.

In the video he states that for some reason that he forgot to explain, you should use Vista AIK. I also noted that he is eploying a xp OS on an external drive. Those variables are different than my situation, and am wondering if I can adapt his process to situation, or if it is mandatory to match his scenario.

This being one of my first attempts in working with win 7 as well as AIK I am not sure if those variables are the reason that I cannot copy the cabinet file winpe.wim. Maybe some sort of MS protections, or something specific in the process that I dont understand or am missing the boat on.

As for your advice I dont understand what is meant by unplug HD during install. Wouldnt that potentially corrupt everything on a SSD? or abort the process?

and which drive are you speaking off? The New SSD? The install OS on the usb drive? The original drive?

I really dont care about the partitions on the SSD. its just for OS and maybe current game of choice if HD based. everything else will be installed or moved to 2nd platter HD.

But getting back to AIK solution any ideas why install fails? Bad series of DVD's OS protections? wrong OS, not using external HDD to intall AIK on?

Thanks in advance...
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01 Apr 2012   #26

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Just call HP and they will send out OS disk with all the drivers and even the bloatware and you can pick and choose what you want to load on the SSD. It's a much cleaner install then an image of the original with all the bloatware but if you are just going to load it all back into the SSD then maybe the image is the way to go as it will carry over settings and other software that you've loaded. In m opinion the clean install is most always better.
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01 Apr 2012   #27

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

Hmm I am not sure why I can't get my point across. Sorry if as a win 7 newb I am missing something. Let me try again.

1) I want a clean install on my SSD.

I have already accomplished this.

HOWEVER some drivers, and software from the factory install (that is still intact on the old HDD the SSD replaced, and it now is the second HDD in the laptop for storage, data, backups or whatever to have more space on the SSD. So that brings me to #2

2) My old platter drive on this week old laptop has original software that I paid for, that I need to put on the SSD. Yes I can pay more money to HP and wait a week or so for delivery. Or I am told I can use another method as outlined in the YouTube video employing Automated Install Kit or AIK.

3) In attempting that method I must be missing something about the process or the requirements as a vista version AIK fails to install on a win 7 system.

Anyone have any ideas why AIK is failing to load/find on my laptop the file "winpe.wim" from the install disk. Burnt disk passed verification's.

I've tried different disks on two different burners.

Current theory -- video didn't explain why it was important to select vista version of AIK. And I am now thinking that is important for some unknown reason.

Can some one familiar with AIK explain if it must be done as an upgrade path ie xp to vista, but AIK can be tricked into pulling drivers and programs from a win 7 restore partition?

It would be a pain to recreate this on a xp machine, but could be done if I had too.

Thanks in advance for any help on this question!
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02 Apr 2012   #28
Microsoft MVP


The tutorial is old enough that Vista version might have been recommended then, so try Win7 version to see if it will work.

Which software is it you need from the HP image?

Did you check thoroughly the HP Support Downloads webpage for your model, and google the specific software to see if it's available online?
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02 Apr 2012   #29

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

Opened this old thread to confirm my suspicion and found myself spot on. I have yet to come across a computer manufacturer who puts as much crap (bloatware) as HP does. I think that Dell is the best in this regard.
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02 Apr 2012   #30

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

First off, contact HP as the disks are free and get those going. Secondly for transfer to SSD I used special imaging/cloning software that made this a breeze and I highly suggest it.
EZ Gig IV Cloning Software with Data Select for Windows
Sorry I can't help you with AIK but I feel your best option is still and will always be the clean install picking and choosing the add on's and factory software you need. But it sounds like if forced you can always boot from the original disk and just wait for the disks to arrive or there are many here who have used Acronis and some free ware to image and transfer to SSD with success.
Complete hard disk recovery solution, backup, drive copy, clone and image computer software
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