How-To: Get Rid of Bloatware on Your New Laptop

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pafletch

Is this article still valid and work with windows 7? 

 

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CatherineMcClarey

I have the same question as Pafletch.  I might try the steps described anyway when I receive my new laptop.  (BTW, Laptop Magazine had a similar article in its archives, but from 2008, so the Maximum PC article is more recent.  On the other hand, Laptop Magazine did have a more general article (in their September 2011 issue) on the first 7 steps one should take with a new laptop - but none of them had to do with removing bloatware.)  I've printed the Maximum PC article out for ready reference once I get my new laptop.  (It beats paying Best Buy $100 extra for their "Geek Squad Optimization" -- which mainly seems to consist of things like making sure the machine works, installing antivirus software, and removing the bloatware -- all of which can be done by reasonably intelligent computer buyers themselves.)

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usmanswl

all companies are as good as dell for providing an OEM discount

 

 

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niccy4513

I got this laptop on a lightning deal from Amazon. I paid $399 for it. It arrived in perfect condition. It has an quasi-industrial feel to it. The surface is textured - it eliminates fingerprints all over the outside. The machine runs as expected. There are not a bunch of ads or free software junk on it either. Monitor has nice brightness and minimal glare. Nice machine for the price.See Here: <a href="http://wpstore.co.cc/shop.php?c=1&n=565108&i=B0047ZHB88&x=Toshiba_Satellite_C655_S5118_156_Inch_Laptop_Black" rel="external">Toshiba Satellite Laptop</a>

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inter4522

You have done a great job with this. The idea behind this is so good. This is always an issue and i am glad to get mine fixed.

Vaporizer

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Greethn

That is true because it is not legal to distribute Windows, but I think your pretty safe if you kill the upload as soon as the download is done. ICANN Accredited

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all4four

I appreciate this forum thread, I on Black Friday was dismayed to find a Best Buy Flag on my New Toshiba M645-S4070.

This was easily removed 1st by removing best buy app from remove programs via control panel, this still left Best Buy Shortcut Flag removed by right click and delete.

Next Spam attack was when trying to add clear service where I was a preexisting customer, I would get a clear wimax to connect option in Intel WiMax Connection Manager, a please view important message link would appear at Clears chat to establish new service link. When you click on view message the Best Buy sign up for Clear Application window then appears.

I found this greatly annoying, however once you establish Clear or other WiMax Provider service this goes away.

I am making a safe assumption in saying the following; 1) best buy has provided the wimax mac id of my laptop to clear and its in thier data base on thier servers and this causes best buy purchased pc's to redirect to this best buy window.

This I did not LIKE 1 BIT, Especially since it took Clear from Black Friday to the evening of the following thursday to add wimax service to my pre-existing account with home modem andd voip phone, I can not ever remember experiencing such ineptitude in providing service in all my life. It took over 20 phone calls to get the laptop added to my account.................................PHEW.

Sarcasm: The difficulty of performing a given task is directly proportional to a persons (in this instance a group of persons ) capabiltiy for confusion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok now Best Buy hits below belt yesterday My toshiba service station software reports 2 important updates available 1) for the BIOS  and 2) the Intel Proset Wimax 6250 connection manager and driver.

Well I perform this and much to my dismay WTF!!!!!!!!!! there now appears in my wimax connection manager window a yellow BEST BUY banner.

This leads me to the following conclusion and that is that best buy and toshiba have partnered up to modify the wimax connection manager to include thier logo and if you install this update this will occur.

Well being somewhat PC adept I remove the Intel wimax connection manager and I go to Intels Download Homepage and Download the latest Wimax 6250 driver and software, NO DICE after removal reboot reinstall STILL FRIGGING THERE!

I now call Toshiba they feign stupidity that they have not modded this driver to include Best Buys add and have no way to remove.

I call Best Buy and store general manager smugly/proudly /assinely states that they own a 51%+ or greater controlling interest in Clear and are partnered with Toshiba and there add will display come hell or high water and he defiantly tells me I can return laptop but there banner will stay no matter what!

I call Clear and talk to a level 2 support person, he states a co-worker having same exact problem and that he does not know how to update connection manager and to remove this spammed driver/software.

Well its probably a losing battle but I simply did a system restore to before the toshiba service station driver update and now the banner thank God is Gone, I will of course have to be ever vigilant to not install ''toshiba wimax or other updates via Toshiba Service Station.

I would very much appreciate that some one who is a software programmer might give me greater insight into what is allowing the best buy logo to continue to appear after I have updated to the latest intel generic wimax 6250 connection manager software and driver update. I presume the toshiba driver/software mods the registry?????????????????????????????????????????

lorettathompson at live dot com

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asill

Hi all , thanks for sharing and informations.. by sohbet- lyrics

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AshRo

Quite informative Level Switch

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cheehard

First, get your laptop into exactly the state you want it to restore
to. Make sure you have every driver you need installed on your laptop,
as well as the current Windows service pack. AC Compressor...You can also include any
apps you’re absolutely sure you’ll want when you restore your notebook.
Don’t go crazy here, there’s no point in cluttering up your laptop
before you restore it, and the more applications you have on your disk,
the larger the restore image is going to be. Once you’ve got things the
way you like, we’ll create the image.

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pal.tech11

some how they are good in this business but i need a laptop that i can use in sports gambling and it can foretell and perdict some detilas of every match for me, is there any possibility for me?

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fda153

ok i agree with you. but i didn't get the results as i was expecting. actually i have not much knowledge of comoutersi am running a limo company named by bergen county taxi and limo and there is very senstive data in my laotop which i don't want to lose. so plz tell me the right way

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hjf774

I thought Win7 had a built in disk image utility that would do the same thing that Acronis did?

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nsk chaos

yay! my iMesh woes are solved!!! thx to Revo =) once again MPC save my sanity 

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thecliogeek

I have told people for years that the big companies have done this to make an extra buck; HP is very famous fo rthis because they even do it on desktops too.  These companies do this to eek out another couple bucks hoping you will click on links so they can "get credit for the referral".  I sell new computers WITHOUT this stuff, you're best bet is to get to know a local geek with a shop and have him build and load a system for you.  And yes...technically it is illegal to "download a copy", so don't get caught.  :)

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nekollx

while 'downloading a copy' may be illeagle in the technical sense its unenforcable if you have a valid key as it is legal to borrow a friends CD (MS has even sugested this a couple times) and use your own key

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winmaster

I'll have to try Revo uninstaller sometime. One thing that buggs me is that apps often leave behind files and registry keys after they have been uninstalled.

 

Also, I hope Murphy comes to the rescue and offers a free alternative to the backup software. I really hate paying for software. 

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Comb0Breaker

This is why Apple can sell you a Shiny product, with less features, charge you more money, and you can feel it's easy to use.  Although it is nice to boot a new system with out a dozen little things loading and asking for your attention. 

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Devo85x

I just do it the easy (if not quick) way and do a fresh install of an OS, then (if its mine) install linux through WUBI (if the main OS was windows)

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XoRn

I just picked up a new lappy for the fiancee last Friday. Since I've pretty much avoided Vista like the plague I had no idea how to get rid of most of the crap that came pre-installed. Great article MPC.

-XoRn

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thegamepro

If you had a retail copy of the OS it uses, then you can simply install that with the OEM's Key on the non-recovery partition.  Or, if you are a super hardcore user, you could format the harddrive completly with the OS installer and then install the fresh copy with the OEM's key.  But that trick will work only if you have a retail disc.

Best Buy also has a service where they charge an additional $30 to remove the crapware for you on the new laptop you just bought.  It feels like you've paid twice for laptop.

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Danduhman

I need a version that can decrapify my school work

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Pentium 0

Its legal to just burn a Vista disc off a torrent or something and use you own key to just start clean right?

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AntiHero

Yes it is (Because not all companies are as good as dell for providing an OEM disc), it's what i do on my Acer. However note that sometimes companies don't provide all drivers for download. (Like acer...) so they leave you lacking some of your features, or you have to hunt for them, if you really want it. Usually it's petty little things like fingerprint scanners, which is bullshit to a normal user, since if you get a cut on your finger, then if you can't use other fingers, you're up the creek. Mine registers all 10 digits of mine, but still, it's childsplay, a way to feel like James Bond. On a note, i love PC Decrapifier, been using it for a while. (except the VD and people trying to kill you.)

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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thegamepro

Technically not because when you download a torrent you are also uploading it to other people (who might be pirating it) as well.

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winmaster

That is true because it is not legal to distribute Windows, but I think your pretty safe if you kill the upload as soon as the download is done. 

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Nuxes

My dad just bought a new Compaq laptop last week, and I spend four hours getting rid of all the crap that came with it.  The HP tools took about 15 min each to uninstall.

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mlee19

Or if you really want to clean out everything, start from scratch and reformatt with a fresh install of which ever OS you choose.

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norman

wait one day. -- Norm

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killerxx7

cool i realy needed a app like decrapifier thank team nice artical :)

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jtimberman

I think it's ironic that this article suggests installing new applications in order to remove other applications.

 

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winmaster

That is kind of ironic, but it is probably the best option if a Windows reinstall is inconvienent. 

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Havok

 I would rather have one USEFUL app running than someting like 15-20 USELESS apps CONSTANTLY running. My Toshiba has an add or remove programs list that is about 30-45 programs long, on a "clean" boot. My desktop which has a barren copy of windows XP home has only about 10ish programs installed.

 

 

OMGWTFBBQ

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nekollx

sort of like installing a virus/root key to remove other virus and malware (Combot Fix in the malware guide sets off Windows Denfeders suspesious activity alark and Esat Nod 32's Virus watcher)

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bland

I agree Acronis is a great company with a great software, but us computer people are very frugal when it comes to buying asoftware and would search to no end for a free solution.  Also $50 for a program you will likely only use once for a backup is  expensive enough, when you just  scrimped and saved to finally get your new laptop.

I wish I had a example, but I don't have time to search and find a decent one to recomend, but I imagine there's a whole bunch of them that would work well enough to get the task done.

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roninnder

Macrium Reflect is freeware and it does everything that Acronis does here.  I can't imagine spending $50 for this software unless you require some kind of customer support to guide you through its use.

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neo1piv14

Probably one of the most useful guides/tools I've seen besides the malware removal guide. Articles like this really go a long way for helping users. 

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nekollx

this is Win

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