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#1 Plumber

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:53 AM

I hope this is posted in the right place cuz might be a rather foolish question.I have anAsus M11BB series desktop.Here is the question,when one buys a brand name computer and there is the manufacturers bloat ware installed,is it incorporated with the motherboard or just the hard drive.Why I am asking is if I changed the hard drive

would I have all the crap on there that Asus installed or would I have sort of a generic computer,thank-you,Tony.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:01 AM

You would have a generic computer but you would also lose your operating system.  


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

If you replace the hard drive how will you be reloading the operating system? If you use asus restore discs it will likely install the same bloat ware. A new hard drive would be free of any bloatware only if you used a bloatware free installation disc. You would not need to replace the hard drive to get rid of the bloatware, you could reload from a windows disc, or just uninstall everything that is not needed.

 

If your current hard drive is working with no errors, a reload or clean up would be the best solution. Cleaning up may be easier than reloading.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

Thanx for the response folks.I have 7 and vista I have paid for so that's not the issue.I know the question sounds foolish but what I am asking is to replace the hard drive and have nothing of Asus on there as if I built it myself.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 12:05 PM

You can format and reload windows from your disc on the current hard drive and have no bloatware. A new hard drive is not needed. You can do it with a new hard drive or the old. If you do use the old hard drive to reload, save your data off of it first.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 12:16 PM

Thank-you,Tony.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:19 AM

Only problem you may have by using anything other (Win 7) then the restore disk is, finding drivers for what's in the computer.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:16 AM

Many of the drivers are either in the Windows installer or Windows Update can download the needed drivers.  An alternative to using the Asus system restore disc would be to upgrade to another version of Windows, like WIndows 8, and select a clean install which will wipe everything and reinstall without all the bloat.  Or, if you have the standard Windows discs, you can reinstall Windows 7 or Vista and use a clean install option.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:25 AM

True, but found the network driver wasn't recognized by Win 7 when I did a clean install.  Glad it was a new built computer with the MB CD.  :thumbup2: 



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 07:51 AM

Sometimes newer hardware, very old hardware, or hardware that doesn't comply with the generic drivers Microsoft provides, does need to have the drivers ready beforehand, either on a disc of USB drive.  I've been lucky in that all the PC's I've built have had the drivers they need already in Windows so I don't need the disc the motherboard comes with.


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