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Hello!
I just bought my Thinkpad R61 a few hours ago.
So far I'm really happy with it (why wouldn't I be? it's a THINKPAD )

But there's a ton of software I don't need, and software that does stuff that Windows Vista can do too...
I'd like to uninstall or disable startup programs as much as I can, but I don't know if some of them are necessary for the laptop to work.
Right now I have 80 processes ...

Are there other solutions? If I re-install the OS, and just install the basic drivers (no other software), will every feature in my laptop work (such as the fn keys, the touchpad, trackpad, thinkvantage, etc) ?

I'd rather use my Vista license. And the guy from the shop told me that since my Thinkpad came with Vista Business, I can download Vista Home Premium and "downgrade" my OS. Is this true?
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someone posted something like this a bit ago, i think they used a program called pc decrapifier or soemthing like that, it gets rid of all the sort of stuff. not sure about the windows liscensing part.
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Can you maybe post a list or something ??
Also, why do you want to re-install and downgrade the OS ? I am quite surprised with two words being the same sentence : Thinkpad and bloatware.
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I'd go with "blow everything out and reinstall the OS" if you can but most companies give you a disk that actually installs the crap along with the OS, so annoying.
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someone posted something like this a bit ago, i think they used a program called pc decrapifier or soemthing like that, it gets rid of all the sort of stuff. not sure about the windows liscensing part.
I'm not sure if using such a program would correctly uninstall the software... I'm not really looking for a way of uninstalling them, just want to know what's safe to take out.
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Can you maybe post a list or something ??
Also, why do you want to re-install and downgrade the OS ? I am quite surprised with two words being the same sentence : Thinkpad and bloatware.
I'd rather have Vista Home Premium than Vista Business. And it's not exactly bloatware (there was only Norton and Office trials), just a ton of software from lenovo to do things like security, wireless connections, maintenance software... basically either things I don't really need or things that Windows already does.

Edit: is there a way to copy the list from task manager? cuz i got 81 processes -_- (i have 15 on my desktop...)
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I'd go with "blow everything out and reinstall the OS" if you can but most companies give you a disk that actually installs the crap along with the OS, so annoying.
I'd like to, but I can't really afford to buy a Windows licence... and lenovo doesn't give recovery CDs, but instead partitions 5gig of the HDD as an independently functionning recovery program.
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I'd rather have Vista Home Premium than Vista Business. And it's not exactly bloatware (there was only Norton and Office trials), just a ton of software from lenovo to do things like security, wireless connections, maintenance software... basically either things I don't really need or things that Windows already does.

Edit: is there a way to copy the list from task manager? cuz i got 81 processes -_- (i have 15 on my desktop...)
Do you want home premium because of the media center features ?? if so, an upgrade from business to ultimate is only $139. it includes all of those things..

But, if you cannot afford that, I would not expect you to be able to downgrade from business to home premium, If you got business, you do the business with business.

and regarding copying the list from task manager, i guess you could take screenshots and post em .

But in the original post you said start up programs, which one do you mean ?
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Do you want home premium because of the media center features ?? if so, an upgrade from business to ultimate is only $139. it includes all of those things..

But, if you cannot afford that, I would not expect you to be able to downgrade from business to home premium, If you got business, you do the business with business.

and regarding copying the list from task manager, i guess you could take screenshots and post em .

But in the original post you said start up programs, which one do you mean ?
Yeah, not looking to buy Vista. Guess I'll have to either go with Vista business or install XP...

In my startup folder I have this thing called Digital Line Detect .
I haven't touched at Window's services, but the only others left are from Lenovo and AVG, so that's ok.

But it's all these processes... are these all from Vista ? XP only used a dozen...
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Yeah, not looking to buy Vista. Guess I'll have to either go with Vista business or install XP...

In my startup folder I have this thing called Digital Line Detect .
I haven't touched at Window's services, but the only others left are from Lenovo and AVG, so that's ok.

But it's all these processes... are these all from Vista ? XP only used a dozen...
how about you post some screenshots ?
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Oh, sorry, my screenshots weren't uploaded...

Here.

I'm assuming most of those are part of Vista, and a number are Lenovo drivers and such...

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