I unsuccessfully tried to perform a fresh Windows install on a HP laptop without using the HP factory disk, but had driver problems (see http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/529653/no-ethernet-on-fresh-install-for-hp-pavilion-dv7/ for history).
I've since re-built the PC using the factory HP disk. next want to remove everything that is not absolutely necessary.
I've removed all HP specific software. Bad idea?
I removed Bing.
I installed Comcast Norton which removed an existing version of Norton (When runing the HP disk, I said not to install Norton, but it appearantly did anyway).
I thought a promotion version of MS Office should have been installed, but appearantly it wasn't.
Please confirm that removing the HP software won't cause me too much hardship, and whether I should remove other problems.