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I always do a fresh format on any OEM PC I buy.
How do I go about doing that?
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Download Windows 7, burn it to a disc, use the licence key that came with your laptop to reinstall.
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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.

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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 that's there .

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.
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The fact that most OEM systems are severely outdated as far as software/drivers go, is reason enough to start out with a fresh image. It's a lot of time spent, but that's the price you pay to have control over what exactly is put on the system.

On a side note. Considering the power of these newer laptops, seeing any real world performance difference between the factory image (updated/cleaned up) versus a reimage is going to be difficult. Before you spend a lot of time doing that, consider just uninstalling the crap software, running ccleaner to clean the registry up, and update all of your needed software+drivers to versions that offer the best stability and performance.
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