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Should I Reformat a New Computer First?

I am hoping to purchase a new Dell Vostro 1520, running W7 64bit in the next few days. A friend of mine who works in IT recommended that I immediately reformat the hard drive and do an install myself, customizing the install to avoid all the crap programs that come pre-loaded. Is this a good idea, or more trouble than it is worth? I would welcome ideas on this. Thanks!

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Too much trouble . . .

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Doing this you also get to reinstall all the drivers for audio, video, NIC, etc., and hope you get the correct versions.

Do a Google on the Decrapifier.

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I'd start with seeing ...

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what crap programs are installed. And if they can be uninstalled the regular way.
No need to assume the worst right now.


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Just minutes to uninstall what you don't want.

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And are ready to learn how to install this OS? A friend spent a month installing over and over, hunting for drivers again and again over this. I can't explain why they didn't call Dell (something about bloatware?) In the end it was Dell Quickset which they thought was bloatware but is used to turn off/on wifi. MSFT Windows doesn't do that.

I'd not do this but just clean off a few items and enjoy the new machine.

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It's what I do

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It's what I do, but the others certainly have a valid point. Still, Dell provides a CD with all the drivers you'll need, so it shouldn't be THAT difficult. And Dell tends to be pretty light on the unwanted crap compared to other companies.

If you're reasonably familiar with reinstalling an OS, or want to learn because it may come in handy, then by all means go right ahead. You already will have the OS and driver CDs needed, and then you can check for updated drivers later. Otherwise, you can always just uninstall the unwanted programs.

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I am reasonably familiar with installing and reinstalling operating systems, but I don't want to do it unless I really need to. I think at this point I'll probably just clear off some programs and be done with it. Thanks for the advice!

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