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#1 danielpaulhardy


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Posted 02 October 2009 - 05:06 AM

Hey guys, If there is a redirect to an already related topic, Please post. But my query is that I recently had to run a complete system restore on a family members pc due to an insane msconfig.sys/anti-removal issue I couldn't hash out with any of the well known scanners (Malwarebyes, AVG..., Norton, Charter Security Suite(recommended if you take the time)/etc etc). It hasn't been a long time since I was in school for Computer Electronics so I have a good general knowledge of the boot sequence/regedit "no no's" but after installation, I can't help but see a huge pile of unused software accumulating on this desktop (HP Compaq dc7600 I believe.) Examples, and please be nice if I am missing some programns functions; Broadband Mangagement Programns, PDF Complete (Adobe? Zipp the files? Microsoft Office? Wouldn't these suffice?) HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.00 B3/HP BIOS Config for ProtectTools 2.00 A17 (HP Help and Support etc... Smartcard...) and Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers (When did audio go HD? I feel old but only mid 20's.)

Is all of this really important? I can understand if the BIOS function is being directly affected through this process, but JEEZ.

Also, Several Windows components seem obsolete. I think he is going to run Google Chrome, so should I remove the IE/MSN stuff..

Input please!

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#2 Elise


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Posted 02 October 2009 - 06:07 AM

Hi danielpaulhardy and :thumbsup: to BleepingComputer!

I think it would be handy for you to check out the Uninstall Database

Mostly it depends on what one wants to do with his computer. In other words, find out what a certain program does and decide if it is needed.

Generally preinstalled Dell or HP computers come with a lot of programs installed. I know people who always ask for an OS installation disk with those computers to be able to reformat and get rid of those pre-installed programs. However, thats everyones choice.

To take a few out of your post.

Realtek High Definition Audio Drivers

Uninstall that and most likely you will have no sound.

I think he is going to run Google Chrome, so should I remove the IE/MSN stuff..

IMHO Chrome is a good choice, but IE cannot be uninstalled. That would not be good anyway, since you will still need it for windows update, which requires IE. BTW IE8 is fairly good compared with its predecessors.

I hope I answered your questions. If you have more, just let me know :flowers:

regards, Elise

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