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What can I remove from a new computer (bloatware, etc.)?

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February 17, 2013 10:17:42 AM

Hello, I bought the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, which arrived a few days ago. I have already got rid of some bloatware like WildTangent games, Acer games, Norton trial etc. My question is: what else ca I remove? Stuff like Acer Evernote, cer PicEvermore, Acer fastlane. Also, stuff like the Windows Video app takes up a lot of space, and it seems to just be a store, so could I get rid of something like that? Thanks.
a b D Laptop
February 17, 2013 10:24:43 AM

If you don't mind, could you post a screen shot of the installed programs so that we could go through the list?
February 17, 2013 10:40:12 AM



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February 17, 2013 10:57:06 AM

As for apps, I have these ones that I'm thinking of deleting:

Acer Crystal Eye
Acer Explorer
Music
Video
Acer Evernote Touch
Acer StumbleUpon
Acer Cloud
Social Jogger
Reader
Dolby Demo
Dolby Profile
Cyberlink Media Espresso
a c 248 D Laptop
February 17, 2013 11:02:38 AM

Hi :) 

Acer Crystal eye is your webcam software... you need it..


All the best Brett :) 
a b D Laptop
February 17, 2013 11:14:03 AM

You have both Intel and Nvidia graphics drivers. Is that computer using Optimus?

Seemingly other than Acer Crystal Eye, you can get rid of the stuff that you listed AFAIK, but to be honest, it doesn't look like it's all taking up much space. If you're not going to use it, then sure, get rid of it, I'm just saying that I don't think that it'll make much difference in storage capacity or performance unless a bunch of that stuff is trying to run when it shouldn't be.
February 17, 2013 11:25:13 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Acer Crystal eye is your webcam software... you need it..


All the best Brett :) 


Thanks

blazorthon said:
You have both Intel and Nvidia graphics drivers. Is that computer using Optimus?

Seemingly other than Acer Crystal Eye, you can get rid of the stuff that you listed AFAIK, but to be honest, it doesn't look like it's all taking up much space. If you're not going to use it, then sure, get rid of it, I'm just saying that I don't think that it'll make much difference in storage capacity or performance unless a bunch of that stuff is trying to run when it shouldn't be.


It does have Optimus, yeah. I'll probably leave it all then, if it's not going to make much of a difference either way. Cheers.
February 17, 2013 6:44:39 PM

I am personally lazy when it comes to this now days and I just disable them from autobooting. Go into MSCONFIG and disable the ones that don't need to autoboot from there. It also serves a secondary function of making sure you don't get rid of something you might need or cause other problems when you get rid of it.

Than when I get around to it I usually just wipe all that annoying stuff off the computer. It saves me a headache of dealing with the new computer bloat.
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