Just Took Posession of New Laptop

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I am the new owner of an HP laptop and like many other laptops it is
loaded with junkware, programs I don't need or want.  And of course they
are evaluation versions only.  What's the best way to get rid of this
stuff?  After creating the recovery disks as HP recommends, would
re-installing the operating system from the recovery disks do it?  I
don't need Norton Security or the student version of Office 2007.  I
already have equivalent software.


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I ran decrappifier from http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ and that cleaned mine
up nicely.



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I would only reinstall the OS as a last resort; sometimes you just never
get things right again when you do that.

I would also make an image of the hard drive before you start doing
extensive messing with it, again, just in case.  It's good that you made
the recovery discs, but those are not the same thing as an image of the
drive as it was when the machine was new (crapware and all).  Note that
the "restore CDs" may or may not include all of the necessary drivers
pre-installed, and may or may not actually reinstall all of the
"crapware" also.  You can't assume that restore CDs JUST install the OS,
and if they do, you can't assume that they install all of the drivers.

What I usually do is just attack the software using Add / Remove
programs in control panel.  If you find something you do not recognize,
use google to find out what it is.

While you are free to do as you wish, actually Norton Internet Security
is a pretty good AV & firewall program.  Norton had gotten really,
really bad a few years ago (2004 time frame) but in the past few years
it's gotten better and the recent versions (2007-2008) are again among
the better security programs.  Office 2007 is worth $100 if it's full
version, but if it's a 60- or 90-day trial version it's ok to wipe it (I
still use and prefer Office 2003).

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Barry Watzman typed on Sat, 06 Sep 2008 10:44:18 -0400:
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I was very surprised how my Gateway Recovery DVD works. If the hard drive is
blank, it creates a recovery partition and the Windows XP partition with all
of the crapware. Although if you remove the recovery partition (it won't
boot anymore), but run the Gateway Recovery DVD again... it gives you an
extra choice. And the latter one installs after a format just Windows XP
without any crapware whatsoever. It is so stripped down, you have to install
the drivers manually. Which also can be found on the DVD. Also very strange,
under System Properties... it doesn't say Gateway anymore either. It now
lists it as Generic.

Gateway Celeron M 370 (1.5GHZ)
MX6124 (laptop) w/2GB
Windows XP Home SP2 (120GB HD)
Intel(r) 910GML (64MB shared)

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I have recovered two laptops recently and they were both returned to exactly
what their setup was when new...

One was a VAIO and one was  HP.

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     I have recently run full HDD recovery  on Gateway, Toshiba and Lenovo
laptops using the official recovery disks, all were restored to the same
condition they were in when I first turned them on, device drivers and all.
When my Gateway was new I tried to create recovery disks, but the CD burner
wouldn't cooperate, so Gateway sent me a free set of recovery disks.  My
Toshiba came with its recovery disks.  My Lenovo's HDD scrambled itself
before I could create its recovery disks, I called customer support
(currently being run by IBM in the USA) and they sent free recovery disks.
     On all my laptops I use Control Panel to scrub the junkware, then
defrag the HDD, then created an HDD image of the results & burned it to my
personal set of custom recovery disks.
     I buy HDDs in pairs for the laptop I  use the most, using Norton Ghost
to create a mirror in the other.  When I'm on the road, I put the 2nd HDD in
a small portable HDD enclosure which just costs a few $.   Swapping an HDD
with a known good one is the fastest way to restore a system.   Word to the
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