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Removing Bloatware from WIn XP Home

By Wobwill
Sep 16, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I have heard a little about removing bloatware from XP and would like to know more about this and where I can find good advice and guides.

    Please would people point me in the right direction.

    Will
     
  2. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Check out PC Decrapifier
    Free: This may be freely downloaded and used for personal use.

     
  3. Wobwill

    Wobwill TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Thanks Evil,

    may God's love shine upon you!

    Will
     
  4. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Would you pleese tell us what the hell "bloatware" is??
     
  5. Wobwill

    Wobwill TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Hi,

    Bloatware - large amounts of code / apps that that take up cpu and ram time as well as disk space entirely needlessly.

    This is not an area that I know much about - but from what I've read vista could be said to suffer from bloatware i.e. loads and loads of 'features' that are not needed, add no real value to the computing experience and in the worst case scenario cause conflicts on the machine that result in BSOD. I believe (but please don't quote me on this) that XP also suffers from this phenomenon. From the reading I have done it appears to be an accusation levelled at Microsoft operating systems regularly and is one of the reasons to transfer to any Linux flavour of your choice (I've chosen Ubuntu on and old laptop).

    I have heard of people who have delved into XP and removed large portions of code that they don't want with significant reductions in disk space and (I believe) conflict issues.

    As I've said this is not an area that I know much about - that's the reason that I'm posting on a web forum about it!

    Will.
     
  6. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Software that has lots of features and requires considerable disk space and RAM. Normally pre-installed on new computers. They are usually not any good unless you buy the subscription.

    Here is a nice list of examples. A few are free, but that doesn't help. People don't want their computer loaded with junk before they even turn it on.
    QuickBooks Trial
    NetZero Installers
    Earthlink Setup Files
    Corel Photo Album 6
    Tiscali Internet
    Wanadoo Europe Installer
    Get High Speed Internet!
    Internet Service Offers Launcher
    Dell Search Assistant
    Norton Ghost 10.0
    Norton Symantec Live Update
    MS Plus Photo Story 2LE
    MS Plus Digital Media Installer
    McAffee
    Norton Internet Security
    Google Desktop
    Google Toolbar
    AOL US
    AOL UK
    MusicMatch Jukebox
    MusicMatch Music Services
    Wild Tangent Games (Dell/HP Game Console)
    Norton AntiVirus 2005
    Norton Security Center
    Norton AntiSpam
    PC-cillin Internet Security 12
    Corel Snapfire Plus SE
    Yahoo! Music Jukebox
    Vongo
    Office 2003 Trial Assistant
    Norton Protection Center
    HP Rhapsody
    ESPN Motion
    Dell URL Assistant
    Orange Internet
    Digital Content Portal
    Yahoo! Toolbar for Internet Explorer
    Norton Internet Security
    muvee autoProducer 5.0
    AOL Install
    Run Registry Entries
    Desktop Icons
    Startup Menu Items
    Reset IE Home and Search Pages
    Corel WordPerfect
    Roxio RecordNow
    Sonic DLA
    Sonic Update Manager
    Sonic RecordNow Audio
    Sonic RecordNow Copy
    Roxio MyDVD LE
    Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
    Quicken 2006
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
    Microsoft Office Activation Assistant 2007
    Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI
    Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 14
    Roxio Express Labeler
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Also includes useless software (i.e. you don't need it or want it) that can end up on your computer when you buy a new device with an install CD. e.g. Ever notice how EVERY MANUFACTURER wants to somehow get their photo management application onto your computer (and a desktop icon and and a quick start icon and....)

    Be carefull when they give you a choice of install options and the largest disk space user is always the one the manufacturer marks (Recommended) cause it always has the extra junk they want there for themselves.
     
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