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Preinstalled "Apps" and Black Viper

When I had my previous windows xp pro computer, I kept the "apps" if you will, to a minimum and used the "Black Viper" services guide to make adjustments. The computer worked very well and for the most part at a very decent speed. With the onset of more 'graphics' and the aging of my computer and Microsoft dropping support I bought a new computer. HP Slimline 400-214, which some people think is very slow. Anyway, the first thing I got rid of was the preinstalled McAfee anti-virus program and installed instead the free Avast program. That alone speed up the computer. I looked at the preinstalled 'apps' and uninstalled the obvious ones, to me anyway.

Does anyone know, or have a list of, what these apps are? I know what "Skype" is, maybe I misspelled it and since I don't plan on using it, I uninstalled. I think you get my drift. Which ones might be safe to uninstall. I understand that if one ever wanted them back they can still get them from the app store. I my case some of them are from "HP", and I can figure those out, but I'm sure there are a lot of generic ones that are preinstalled on all windows 8.1 computers.

As previously mentioned, I will be changing some of the services as well, per the Black Viper listing, in hopes that all of the above actions will speed up my computer even more. It is now decent, but I want to get the most that I can.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,


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My biggest speed up was

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To install Classic Shell. That way I'm back to what I want the machine to look and feel like.

-> The default was a boot to "TILE WORLD" and most of what I saw there had me removing what was there.

These tiles are often "active" or in Microsoft speak "Live" which means they could run all the time. Now that is my choice and I choose to forgo TILE WORLD for a bit until our office needs to develop a Metro app.

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Oh! OH!

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Was I supposed to remove the apps from Tile World "before" I installed Classic Shell. And if so, can I still delete them in classic shell mode or do I need to uninstall classic shell, go back to Tile World, remove as many apps as I can and then reinstall classic shell.

Thanks for replying, Bob

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You're Fine

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just go to the Metro desktop and delete to your hearts content


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(NT) ok - got it - thanks

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You're all good.

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I gave TILE WORLD time to see if it was useful but after many months my view is Sad , nice idea and for a phone or tablet is OK but they are in a decade long ago where they were pushing pre-loaded apps which everyone I know is not liking.

You can read about it on cell phones with locked in apps on Android that folk constantly diss. Microsoft's Sinofsky (who is brilliant but didn't quite get it) is gone and the new CEO seems to be taking the best of it and listening changing and maybe they will survive.

In spite of the misstep I think 8 is one of the best Windows yet (once we tame it with Classic Shell or similar.)

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