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Can I just disable/uninstall bundled bloatware?

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#1 bcmo


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 09:35 PM


In light of all the issues with bundled bloatware on new computers (most notably the lack of security they cause for the various reason people discuss), is it good enough to just disable and/or uninstall all of them, or is re-installing Windows necessary (as some suggest) to mitigate all the security risks? If re-installing is necessary, why is that?

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 10:44 PM

It is not necessary to reinstall Windows from your recovery partition. However, it will save you some time. You can remove them using the Windows program uninstaller in Control Panel. One of the biggest problems is identifying the bloatware and trial-ware. Many are easy, other not so much. One of the best ways is to review your Program Files, and Program Files x86 folders for junkware, then use the Windows program uninstaller to remove them.

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