New Dell with Windows 8 - How to do fresh installation to remove bloatware

I just received a new Dell Inspiron 3000 with Windows 8 (ugh) and of course it's loaded with bloatware **** that I don't need or want on my computer. This is a 64bit machine with 12gb ram and 1gb drive.

How do I wipeout the hard drive and install a clean fresh copy of windows 8 without all the bloatware / junk software that comes pre-installed? I haven't put anything on the machine yet or even fired it up yet so there is nothing to backup. But I would like to wipeout the hard drive from the very beginning to remove all the junk that Dell forces upon it's customers.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. I googled and could not find a definitive answer. Some people say use the DVD that came with the computer but that DVD is pre-loaded with bloatware I think?

I'm pretty handy with computers but haven't touched Windows 8.
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    You'll probably have to buy a copy of Win 8. I think Dell puts all the bloat in the images. And the win 8 key, is probably tied to a "dell" copy of windows 8
  2. Well that's depressing to hear. Damn, it's amazing how software companies can force into these things. :(

    Thanks for your feedback. Saves me the headache of even trying to clean the hard drive without just buying a fresh copy of Windows 8.

    I was hoping there was some installation tricks that would only install the Windows 8 necessary files.
  3. Hi

    With earlier versions of windows there are programs to remove bloatware
    some work with Win 8

    I would start with the Programs & Features section to uninstall unwanted applications

    Some applications check for updated drivers & BIOS and can be left on for a year or so
    while Dell provides updates for recent models

    Do not remove drivers installed by programs such as Audio & Network & Wireless chips

    Mike Barnes.
  4. Above suggestion is not completely correct - bloatware is present on all Dell discs, and this is it.
    You need to get official Win 8 (or you have 8.1) from Microsoft and use your key (attached on the bluish sticker to the side of PC case, called product key), once you use your key, your version will become OEM, this is how it works with Win 7
    This is official Microsoft site

    Once you instal OS, you will need to update your drivers, do drivers only without any utilities (bloatware)
    go here
    Inspiron 3000 Mini Tower is called Inspiron 3847, Inspiron 3000 Slim is called 3647 - those numbers are for finding support information on Dell website.

    Good luck
  5. Simplier answer, Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall the bloat. There isn't a terrible lot these days, especially as we work in GB of RAM and TB of storage even if they 'loaded it up' they still wouldnt' caus enay issues / slow down/ lack of storage.

    Don't forget to RUN CMD in the CMD window run MSCONFIG and disable starts you don't need either (checking Adobe Acrobat updates, Java updates, etc.) for booting faster. Then lastly update to 8.,1 then 8.1 Update. This will make things 'better' for you as well as ONLY 8.1 Update will be supported PER Microsoft. So any patches and such you will NOT receive if you don't update to 8.1 then 8.1 Update.
  6. Thanks for all the great feedback guys! Really appreciate the help. Just set up the computer and man-oh-man Windows 8 UI is just a nightmare to navigate. I must have pressed the windows key on the keyboard about 1000x in the last hour trying to figure out how to get from one screen to another. It's just mindboggling this UI got approved.

    I consider myself quite savvy when it comes to figuring out tech things and this interface is just the most confusing I have ever used. Seriously would prefer DOS prompt to this. :-/

    Some notes:
    1. I was surprised that there wasn't more bloatware on there, although still I had to uninstall about 5 programs including McAfee junk. I decided to use the CP > Uninstall to clean things up. Surprising to me was that the computer did not even come with a DVD. I've not bought a new computer in many years but I did some research online and they said that part of the drive is set up as a separate partition for backup.

    2. Very glad to see the RUN function still there.

    3. UI is just beyond confusing. All the little icons on the second tile-like screen are confusing.

    4. Immediately after uninstalling bloatware, I bought Start8. Might be the best $5 I've ever spent. It acts a bit more like Win 7 now with a start menu.

    5. Did not come with a DVD, so I assume the image of the OS is on a recovery partition? Weird but probably common now.

    6. I noticed install was Windows 8.1 already.

    7. No blue Windows product key sticker. Only a small Windows 8 logo sticker and Dell service tag stickers on the tower. I assume the BIOS contains the hash for activation?
  7. r32 said:
    Well that's depressing to hear. Damn, it's amazing how software companies can force into these things. :(

    Thanks for your feedback. Saves me the headache of even trying to clean the hard drive without just buying a fresh copy of Windows 8.

    I was hoping there was some installation tricks that would only install the Windows 8 necessary files.

    No, no, no...although my Dell laptop is 5 years old at this point and my HP laptop is 3 years old, I have installed fresh copies of the OS without the bloatware using the Windows OS image they provide. It is standard industry practice to load up the bloatware on the initial install but they are not built into the Windows installer image they provide (usually you can burn that OS image ONLY ONCE - so keep that disc carefully stored...or even make a 2nd copy of that install disc). During install process you will have the opportunity to opt out from those bloatware options as long as you do a custom install and carefully weed out any undesirable pre-selected defaults.

    And once you have made this fresh OS install, run through Windows update and make sure you run through the update after every reboot - it will take several iterations of patching and rebooting until Windows says there are no more updates available. I'd also go through Dell's support site's downloads section to see if there are any updated driver files and download and install them. Then at this point ideally you'd make a drive image by a drive imaging software like Acronis True Image or O&O DiskImage and image the hard drive with just the OS - perhaps onto an external USB drive. After that, if you have a bluray burner burn that image onto a bluray, since it probably will be bigger than 8 gigs to fit on a DL DVD or just leave it on the USB drive (and perhaps backup the image file elsewhere).

    Now, you have your own custom image of the OS without the bloatware that you can bring back anytime within minutes using the imaging tool. If you don't have or don't want to buy an imaging software you can definitely skip it - but it is really worthwhile to spend a few bucks and getting an imaging software that saves you install-from-scratch headaches in future anytime you need to bring back the OS whether because of a failed hard drive or some other reason. But even if you don't have an imaging software, you can still install fresh OS and not have any of the bloatware.
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