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June 20, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Have you ever purchased a new PC or laptop to replace your old model that is becoming slower by the day as it fills up with more and more unwanted data and software? You eagerly pick up your new package from the store, rush home, tear open the packaging and power up to have a play with your new unblemished operating system, only to find…… heaps of un-wanted software installed and adverts trying to persuade you to sign up to unneeded trials and subscriptions. If the answer is yes, then like everyone else, you have experienced bloatware. 

Bloatware, also known as crapware, is unwanted computer software that makes your Windows PC run slow and sluggish. Nowadays, most brand new computers ship with a wide array of pre-installed software, most of which is often considered by many people as bloatware or crapware. While some of these programs can actually be quite handy, most are not, and they can be difficult to fully uninstall.

Manufacturers install bloatware on new PCs because they’re paid to do so. PC profit margins are low, so preinstalling junk gives PC manufacturers a bit of extra money—and, to be fair, keeps your PC cheaper than it would otherwise be.

Beyond sucking up your computer’s storage, however, bloatware often loads at start-up, increasing how long your PC takes to boot, wasting valuable RAM, and generally cluttering your system tray, desktop, installed applications, and menus.

So how do we remove this unwanted software to give you a nice fresh and clean operating system?

Firstly, download and install the free version of Revo Uninstaller

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

This handy little tool will run through all the software installed on your new machine and present it to you in a collaborated view. From there, you can select all the programs you wish to remove, click “Uninstall” and away it goes. It will uninstall stubborn programs and remove left over data after regular uninstalls as well as removing shortcuts. 

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Obviously removing programs one-by-one can be a bit of a hassle, so if you prefer a more automated approach, you may want a more all-in-one solution. Decrap is an awesome program that will scan your system, give you a list of installed software, and check off everything you want to remove. Then, when you give it the go ahead, it'll get rid of everything in one fell swoop.

To see how it works, click on the link below and scroll down to the short video at the bottom of the page;

http://www.decrap.org/

The final option and this is only recommended to advanced IT users, is to go nuclear and re-install Windows from scratch!  Previously, you would have needed a Windows install disc from Microsoft—not the one that came with your computer, which likely has the bloatware on it—and a valid license key, usually located on a sticker on your computer, but with the release of Windows 10, all that has now changed.

While Windows 8 used a recovery image that manufacturers could customize, Windows 10 uses a more intelligent system that rebuilds Windows in-place without the need for a separate recovery image.

Rather than restoring Windows to a previous point in time using the refresh image, the refresh and reset functionalities will restore them to a known good state with only built-in Windows software installed.

Below are a couple of examples of the restore and refresh options available in Windows 10 with guidelines on exactly what will be kept and what will be removed

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So if you are fed up with unnecessary software on your PC or laptop wondering how it got there in the first place, do not despair, help is at hand! For further assistance with bloatware removal, hardware purchases and all things IT, give the staff at McDonalds IT a call, we would love to help you out.

 

Article written by David Turley

Sources – lifehacker.com 



Category: Windows PC

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