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HELP: Bloatware: What to keep or delete?

by yiang / December 3, 2007 2:26 PM PST

I recently purchased a HP DV9500t (2.4 Ghz, 240 HDD, 2Gb ram on Vista Premium), but I'm not sure which of the bloatware I need to get rid of off. I got rid of Norton's and Vongo, but I'm not sure what else to trash or keep. My main concern is getting rid of something that's needed for the PC to operate, such as for the HD-DVD player or webcam. Is there a list of hp bloatware I can trash without disabling a major feature on this laptop? Any insight or tips? If it helps, i'll only be using the laptop for web surfing via Firefox and managing media (watching and downloading) mostly.

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Help. New car, what to keep?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 1:33 AM PST

I tossed the cigarette lighter out and not sure if all that in the glove compartment needs to be there.

-> Think about the car analogy. Isn't this an area where you decide?

Bob

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What?
by yiang / December 4, 2007 1:47 AM PST

That doesn't help really, esp. if I don't know what each program does or if ti'd affect other apps / programs on the laptop.

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That helps others help you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 1:50 AM PST
In reply to: What?

You didn't list each program so no one can comment if it's absolutely required or what it does.

So I disagree my reply didn't help. It helped you to post more about your concern and WHY YOU COULDN"T DECIDE.

-> What to do next? List a few items you need more info on.

Bob

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List of Progams: Bloatware? yae or nay?
by yiang / December 4, 2007 10:39 AM PST

Activation asst. for MS Suites 2007
Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
Adobe Reader 8
ESU for MS Vista
HP Customer Experience Frontend
HP help and Suppport
HP Integrated module with bluetooth wireless tech
HP photosmart essential 2.0
HP Quicklaunch Buttons 6.20 B1
HP Quickplay 3.2
HP Total Care Advisor
HP Update
HP wireless Assistant
HP Network Assistant
Intel Storage Matrix Manager
Java SE Runtime Environment 6
MS Office home and student
MS Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
MS Works
Motorola SM56 Data fax modem
MSCU for MS Vista
MSN
MSN Messenger
MSXML 4.0 SP2
muvee auto producer 6.0
My HP Games
Nvidia Drivers
Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers
Roxio Creator easy archive
Roxio Creator Tools
Roxio Express labeler 3
Synaptic pointing Device Driver
Verisoft Acct. manager
Yahoo Toolbar for IE

I need to find out whats needed and whats bloatware. Like I said I'll mainly be surfing via Firefox and managing media through Nero and some other apps I haven't loaded yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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RE:List of Progams: Bloatware? yae or nay?
by marsdta / December 4, 2007 10:55 AM PST

i also have an hp (dv2000t) these are what i took off:

Activation asst. for MS Suites 2007
Adobe Reader 8---Intalled Foxit Reader
HP Customer Experience Frontend
HP photosmart essential 2.0
HP Total Care Advisor
HP wireless Assistant
HP Network Assistant
MS Office home and student
MS Works
MSN
MSN Messenger
muvee auto producer 6.0
My HP Game
Yahoo Toolbar for IE

Since you mentioned that you wil be using Nero, you can take off all Roxio items awell

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MS Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
by Dango517 / December 4, 2007 11:04 AM PST

Are you using this? It usually doesn't come with a PC. It's a programers tool. If your not a programer it is a very large program and can be obtained from Microsoft should you need it after uninstalling it. Your call, there could be risks of removing it. See it's properties for it's list of dependence's if important components of the PC rely on it, keep it.

This is a very lean list, very. Nearly all of it is essential. Usually only a very serious gamer or professional would be running this lean. If your really serious about gutting it out see this link.

http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

There is a very lean list of services for competitive gamers, proceed with caution, proceed with care.

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MS Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
by yiang / December 5, 2007 7:43 AM PST

Nope, it was just on there. I haven't touched it. I've had others look at at it and they think it's pretty slim outside of a few HP aps I dropped. I shoudl be good to go. Thanks everyone.

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DON'T REMOVE LIST.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 11:44 PM PST

Just my opinion. Could change based on more inputs.

Activation asst. for MS Suites 2007
Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
ESU for MS Vista
Intel Storage Matrix Manager
Motorola SM56 Data fax modem
MSCU for MS Vista
MSXML 4.0 SP2
Nvidia Drivers
Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers
Synaptic pointing Device Driver

I would not remove the above without more research. I left the Flash Player in the list since many remove it and can't figure out how to reinstall.

Bob

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