New Computer? Clear Out The Junkware
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:35 AM
Unfortunately, with a laptop, that's not necessarily a smart idea, as there is almost guaranteed to be hardware inside the laptop that has no available Linux drivers. While almost all desktops now use "off-the-shelf" components, with possible/occasional exceptions being the mobo and/or PSU (I'm talking to you, Dell), the opposite tends to be true of laptops, as almost all laptops continue to use a reasonable amount of proprietary hardware, which, quite obviously, requires the manufacturers drivers, which will only be available for use with Windows. Of course, one could follow half your suggestion...the "format your hard drive" half...but, instead, install a clean version of Windows, or, if one must have Linux, a dual-boot (or, even BETTER, a triple-boot system, with the third OS turning your computer into a Hackintosh ).
Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:05 AM
After mentioning proprietary software, there was almost zero followup. How about some info in a separate article that addresses this by laptop manufacturer My HP Pavilion dv6t came with a ton of it and it's difficult to sort out what's useful and what's crapware.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:44 AM
[Windows] Control-Panel leaves alot of crap behind. database entries, "Windows Registry" entries, blank (and/or almost-empty) folders that you have to "manually" look for and delete [yourself], all these other things that Revo Uninstaller looks for immediately after uninstalling the program. and, it's way more powerful than "add/remove programs" in the Windows Control-Panel. it will remove some programs in the Windows Control-Panel that the Windows Control-Panel can't even touch.
and the PC-Decrapifier was made by a programmer that had the same infuriating problem we do when we buy a new computer: uninstall all that preinstalled crap that came with it! but how to do it easily? no freaking way how to do it, so he decided to write a little program himself that would help him do that. you don't even have to install it. it runs like a word file: double-click it and it opens (in this case -- it opens the program itself, not a "installation file")); use it, close it when you're done using it, and delete the "pc decrapifier" file to delete the program from your computer.