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New Desktop, Need To Remove Bloatware with a Fresh Install of Win7. How To?

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November 15, 2013 2:02:14 PM

Hello,

I recently purchased an Asus Desktop. As per the norm these days, the computer was full of bloatware. After doing some research in these forums it seems that the consensus is to do a fresh install of Windows 7.

How do I do this since the Windows 7 disk did not come with the computer?
How do I actually do the fresh install?
After I have done the fresh install, how do I know what drivers to get and from where?

I know this a total noob post, but any help would be greatly appreciated!
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November 15, 2013 4:20:16 PM

You would have to BUY a completely new copy of Windows.

Rather than do that, go into the UNINSTALL section, find the bloatware and just remove it. It's not that hard.
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November 15, 2013 4:27:01 PM

During installation, check "Custom" installation, instead of "typical".
Then choose what you want installed.
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November 15, 2013 5:05:16 PM

If it comes with a license code just go to the Microsoft site and download an ISO of your OS. You can then reinstall it. Be careful of flashing your BIOS though as this may remove the OEM license for Windows. Other than that you should be fine. You can find tools to get read your license code if it isn't on a sticker somewhere on the case or in the box.
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November 17, 2013 2:47:43 PM

Meatfish said:
If it comes with a license code just go to the Microsoft site and download an ISO of your OS. You can then reinstall it. Be careful of flashing your BIOS though as this may remove the OEM license for Windows. Other than that you should be fine. You can find tools to get read your license code if it isn't on a sticker somewhere on the case or in the box.


Why would flashing the BIOS cause any issues? If it WAS stored in the BIOS, then any updated copy of the BIOS will still have the same license version. A company isn't going to release a BIOS update than then changes the license code and invalidating the Windows installation. That makes no sense.

Not that I think it's in the BIOS but perhaps I'm wrong. However, I've updated several computers before and they just check the Install Disc for the correct code not the BIOS. If the BIOS had a specific code then only an Install Disc with the same license would work.

Anyway...

As I said before though, all the bloatware should be easily removed by simply uninstalling it.

I've done that for several laptops and it's no different on a desktop. Just go to the Control Panel, then find the "UNINSTALL" programs section, go down the list and remove anything that's bloatware.

If you are unsure if it's bloatware or adware then Google the name to find out.
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