Hello, i will soon be getting an ASUS laptop (G55VW) from Xoticpc and was wondering if it would be wise to have them do a clean W7 install. it would be nice to get rid of the bloatware, but will i also be removing tons of drivers i need, such as wifi, touchpad, graphics, bluetooth, usb 3.0, etc? i want very little of the bloatware, but i also don't want to be getting rid of stuff like the hotkeys utility, or the wifi/bluetooth switch. would i be easier to re-install all the drivers and utilities i need/want, or to skip the clean install and just uninstall what i don't want manually, presuming i can?
Here is a link to ASUS's downloadable drivers/utilities- would you just download the driver and hit install like any other program?
I more or less first play around with my laptop to see if any of the bloatware is actually useful. It turns out that at least for my laptop there were 2 or 3 programs that I deemed useful enough to keep.
I then proceed with a clean install + the "useful bloatware". I also play around with MSConfig to disable services that I deem unnecessary as well as prevent unnecessary programs from launching at start up.
All the necessary drivers should be part of the recovery hidden partition. Should you need a driver you can always go to Asus' website to download it.
You shouldn't have any problems uninstalling programs in general. And a clean install doesn't take very long. I think it took around 15 - 18 minutes on my Lenovo Y470. I would then proceed to install any standard software I would normally use before making recovery disks. That away if I have some type of catastrophic failure I don't have to re-install MS Office, FireFox, CCleaner, Avast! Anti-Virus, etc. Don't forget driver updates and Windows 7 updates.
I don't install games until after I make my recovery disks; besides I install games to my partitioned D: drive instead of the C: drive.
Services that I disable:
Adobe Flash Player
Windows Image Acquisition
Mozilla Maintenance Service
Startup software I disable:
Adobe Reader and Acrobate Mgr
Intel Common User Interface (igfxers.exe)
Intel Common User Interface (hkcmd.exe)
Intel Common User Interface (igtfxray.exe)
Logitech Download Assistance
alright i think i am going to get it, play with it, then clean install. should i reinstall AI Recovery utility from asus to make my recovery disks or does anyone have a better utility up for recommendation? iv'e heard mixed reviews about AI. i want to be able to backup what i initially install as well, not just windows, like Jag suggested.
many thanks especially to Jag, you guys make life a heck of alot easier!