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New PCs come with unwanted programs


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#1 Tudordoc

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 06:38 AM

I am about to buy a new PC. I'll probably get another Dell having had 2 so far without problems.

New Dells always come pre-loaded with a load of programs and trial software. LAst time I just manually uninstalled as much as I could and went to msconfig to minimise the number of programs running at startup. I wonder in fact if it would not be better just to reformat the disc and install XP and start with the PC nice and clean

Any thoughts?

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#2 Whisky56

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 08:29 AM

That worked for me.
I just got a new Dell at my work. It came with Windows XP Home a loads of other stuff. What ever the basic install would be from dell for a small office machine.
We have a business license for our office so the new machine was formated and loaded for my use.

#3 jgweed

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 10:38 AM

I have to agree.
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Posted 30 May 2005 - 02:42 PM

I'm not sure, since they tend to change the way they do things, but I think that the BIOS-locked activation only works with Dell disks. If it were me, I think I'd just uninstall what I didn't want. I'm not particularly crazy about Dell's backdoor into your computer. I've seen ads from Dell pop out from the side of the screen advising you to install Weatherbug.

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 03:13 PM

I vote to wipe the drive and start fresh. When your computer arrives, don't activate XP yet. Wait until you install it manually. Also, visit Dell's support site to get the lastest drivers. Microsoft will send you a SP2 CD if you ask too. My 2 cents.

Good luck,

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PS... By doing the clean install, you lose any extra software that you may want.... Office products, Works products.

Edited by rigelslight, 30 May 2005 - 03:16 PM.

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