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Old 12-23-2006, 03:07 PM
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is there any computer company out there that will sell you a computer for home use without loading it up with crap from every antivirus software, internet service, and media corportation in the world? I am settup up a new laptop for my cousin's xmas present, and have been steady working on getting the thing right for over two hours.
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:15 PM
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Couldn't you just boot it up from the OS CD and then just reformat the HD? Then reinstall the OS.

I could do that on a Mac easily enough.
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:28 PM
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t3rockhall - 12/23/2006 3:15 PM

Couldn't you just boot it up from the OS CD and then just reformat the HD? Then reinstall the OS.

I could do that on a Mac easily enough.
Yes, you can, and it's usually the first thing I do on my own PC's.
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:40 PM
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you can do that on most computers, hoever the trend these days is to have everything already installed, and then prompt you to creat backup disk which are your OS CD's, they dont come in the box. Another thing I have seen fairly often is that they OS cd's that come with new computers (those that come with cd's at all) basically put a copy of the exact factory configuration on the computer.

I used to always just format them and start from scratch, but even that now doesn't seem to save much time.
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hmm...the Dell's we buy at work come with a M$ Windows cd, and a model numbered cd with all the drivers on it. My Dimension I bought for home a year or so ago did the same thing.

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I usually just build my own PC, or buy a barebones kit from www.tigerdirect.com

just add your own operating system and yer all set
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IBM doesn't put a lot of crap on there. They do give you their suite of programs but I find it useful.
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Old 12-24-2006, 08:33 AM
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Why not just "un-install" the crap that you don't want???????
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Bailey Boat - 12/24/2006 9:33 AM

Why not just "un-install" the crap that you don't want???????
That's what I was thinking as well. Go over to Control Panel and use the Add/ Remove feature to dump the stuff you don't want.
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:27 PM
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When you "uninstall" a program or whatever - does that REALLY remove it from the hard drive...? (I'm a true computer moron so when I ask this question I really am wonderin')

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Bailey Boat - 12/24/2006 8:33 AM

Why not just "un-install" the crap that you don't want???????
believe me, that is being done, the only thing I am b!tching about is that it has taken about 5 hours of time to uninstall everything that doesn't need to be on there, and then reinstall everything that should be.
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farmerjane - 12/24/2006 12:27 PM

When you "uninstall" a program or whatever - does that REALLY remove it from the hard drive...? (I'm a true computer moron so when I ask this question I really am wonderin')

Well, yes and no When you uninstall a program, for all intents and purposes, it is gone.... no longer available to the user, etc. But until such time as that particular area on the hard drive is overwritten by new data, much of the "deleted" material can be recovered using software designed for that purpose. The older the deleted material is, the less likely there will be successful recovery.

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My new laptop came with a OS disk (Tosiba), the new desktop (HP) did not. Had to make the CDs.

First thing I do is uninstall the AVs and trial version software, then install my software. Didn't take two hours, well maybe it took 1-1/2 hours
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:34 PM
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F-Disk and reuild. That crap Dell, IBM and HP/Compaq throws on there is crap. I rebuild all of mine with a ghost image in my liking.
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Todays HDs are so big, who cares what is on there, just ignore it.
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If you find a computer you like because of the technical features (like memory sizes, modem speeds, and drives) and the price, you can always install your own operating system later.

It never hurts to keep the orignal system disk but when you load the new system you will be prompted to save or over-write the existing operating system. If you select the over-write, then all data will be wiped, this gives you more memory space. You would need to have backed up any files you wanted to keep and load them after the brain-wipe. It's a good idea to back up valuable files before this anyways as a good luck charm.

I have done this with 2nd hand computers I aquired that no longer had the original disc.

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DrJim - 12/25/2006 2:20 PM

Todays HDs are so big, who cares what is on there, just ignore it.
eh? I don't follow. Extra junk doesn't just take up space on the HD, it puts scattered files on them, so that basic tasks take longer, these programs also tend to be installed to automatically run on startup, which is taxing, even on a hot rod system. I know I am anal about this sort of thing, but if I dont' have a use for a program, it absolutely will not be installed on my computer. Unused programs = unnecessary problems, so they get kicked to the curb.
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Old 12-31-2006, 07:16 AM
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My nest computer will be an apple, or I should say, My wife's next will be a new apple laptop, I will take her old apple. Apple has very little if any junk on it, my new pc laptop had the same problems as above. I guess they think that most people are still new users, and need to be made aware of all the available programs etc out there.
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Dell, for example, will perform a relatively clean installation upon request. It's best not to have unwanted applications installed, as compared to uninstalling them after-the-fact. Many applications will, even after uninstallation, leave traces of themselves behind in the registry and in system folders. These can, regardless of how much storage space available, consume resources and cause issues at some point. Even worse, uninstalling anti-virus software can sometimes wreak havoc on a system's networking.

I would either do it myself, or only work with a company that would configure the system to my preferences. This, of course, exempts most department store systems...

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Just switched to a Mac...man, what an improvement. Screw microsoft. The nail in the coffin was the reviews on the new Vista from Gates...when the reviewers use Mac OS as the benchmark, and windows/vista isn't even close, it's time to change. Safari, Mac's browser, is great, faster than explorer. My advice, sell your Mcrosoft stock...they're gonna take a header.
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