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How to set up a new laptop

by tanekamartin / August 31, 2007 4:12 PM PDT

Hi All,

Last year in this forum I had read something related to Dell laptops about doing a clean sweep of the factory installed OS and reinstalling because of all the extra junk that is normally added on at the factory.

Is this considered still necessary and if so, how hard is it to do and how much time does it take?

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I wouldn't go to that extreme.
by orlbuckeye / August 31, 2007 9:08 PM PDT

Systems now come with system restore disks or ways to make system restore disks. They put the same things back on. The only way to get a perfectly clean version of the OS is to buy the retail OS and that's paying for it twice.

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I'd like to find out...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2007 11:38 PM PDT

What one member finally ended up with. They were adamant about a clean install and many other items but I don't see such support from any name maker. In their case the only cure (my opinion) was for them to get a computer coach that would do this for them (they were not going to learn Windows, installing, etc.)

Today if you were not at that extreme I'll suggest you just take it for granted you might uninstall a few items when you get the machine and consider this little tool -> http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

I've tried it and on the last 2 laptops didn't find much to eject (just one on each laptop.)

Bob

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