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Windows 7: Clean Up Factory Bloatware

10 Jan 2014   #50
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

For Step #3, the Should I Remove It? website could be a quick reference on what to uninstall. It gives a description about the program and a % rating for what users usually do. It helped me decide to remove bundleware that came along with the ASUS driver disc. As always, uninstall at one's own discretion. :)


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10 Jan 2014   #51
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Thanks Kathy. I have resisted posting those sites which can be good because I don't believe ANY crapware is worth keeping, even that which allegedly safeguards the HD or from overheating - based on history of these causing issues which are unnecessary when Win7 runs perfectly without them. Nothing is worse on a HD or for overheating as an example than crapware which runs up the CPU which we see here all the time.

Asus is particularly bad because the software is poorly written in spite of them having such good hardware, so its a real mismatch to begin with and like everything else is solved perfectly by a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Thanks for posting it since others will see it now as an option.
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10 Jan 2014   #52
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Asus is particularly bad because the software is poorly written in spite of them having such good hardware
This is so true. I have pretty much left out all bundleware that came with the driver disc when I did my clean Windows 7 install. Leaving only the following:

LifeFrame3 (ugly software, too lazy to find an alternative)
Power4Gear (useful, power management tool)
Splendid (fancy, merely because it has a dedicated shortcut key in ASUS)
USB Charger Plus (useful, allows USB charging for portable devices)
Virtual Camera (possibly useful, allows multiple programs to access webcam)

The rest, gladly tossed to the bin.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks for posting it since others will see it now as an option.
No problem, greg. :)
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26 Jun 2014   #53
GhulamAhmed

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks very much Greg
much helpful to have peace of mind

regards.
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24 Apr 2015   #54
Jesse Williams

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 
 

Okay, Greg...I am reading it now. Do I need to delete Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager too from the startup area. I don't think that's necessary. Everything else looks as if it is okay as per the tutorial says.
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24 Apr 2015   #55
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Whether you update Adobe Reader is up to you. I dont' like it's intrusion so just install the latest v.11 and take it out of startup. Acrobat isn't needed at Startup unless you buy it's services. What I would keep is Adobe Flash since it needs to be updated asap when a new one comes out for security reasons. Check now you have the latest version installed in each browser by opening it and visiting What is my Flash Player version?
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24 Apr 2015   #56
Jesse Williams

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 
 

Greg, I am finished reading this tutorial and have done pretty much everything it has said to do. What do I do now?
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24 Apr 2015   #57
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Decide if you have good enough performance over a period of time, report back any issues, decide if it meets the Win7 standard of "always instantaneous and never hangs on adequate hardware"

Then decide if you want to go on to do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which will always be better than even a cleaned up Factory install providing you follow the steps and stick only with the tools and methods given.

This is a decision only you can make.
But we'll be here to help you either way.
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24 Apr 2015   #58
Jesse Williams

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 
 

Okay. Well, it seems to be running fine.
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27 Jul 2015   #59
macgig

Win 7 Pro, Mac OS Sierra
 
 

powerDirector, Power2go, HP update, HP support assistant, HP Setup, HP remote solution, HP odometer...

is it ok to remove these programs? great tutorial, thanks. :)
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