Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
I always just wipe laptops with my Windows disc, and use the key on the bottom of the laptop to reinstall a fresh Windows to it. Then drivers....and done. I hate the bloatware that laptops always come with.
^This. Seriously. Trying to uninstall stuff from what you've got will just live little annoying bits behind.
Originally Posted by EventHorizon
How do I go about doing that?
Well, first off be aware that many (most?) laptop manufacturers today don't give you media anymore. Instead they have a "hidden" partition on the computer that contains what you need to restore the computer to it's factory configuration; though there's nothing that says you have to install everything
Getting the instructions for burning that off to DVD can save you a fair amount of download time (though you should always
check for updated drivers anyway.) On my current laptop, I also whacked that "hidden" partition as well and recovered the disk space it was taking up. Please note that this partition is not that
"hidden", you can see it in Computer Management and the laptop manufacturers are just counting on the fact that most people don't know how to get there or how to read what they see.
Lastly, I know that Dell does this, and I'm pretty sure that HP does. Some of their bloatware is mixed in with the drivers. Pay attention to what you install and remember that the more it sounds like a "tool" the more likely it is to be bloatware.