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http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/02/1...g-Wi-Fi-Driver
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Computer manufacturers have recently come under fire for the continued practice of shipping machines with excessive bloatware. Software preinstalled on some recent HP laptops was worse than normal though, consuming anywhere from 25-99% CPU by making incessant WMI queries, resulting in overheating laptops and reduced battery life
That's absolutely obscene!

How many crotches must be burnt before HP does some quality control?!
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lol hp, I'd expect this come from alienware were they pack a **** ton of high end laptop components into 2 inches
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lol hp, I'd expect this come from alienware were they pack a **** ton of high end laptop components into 2 inches
Well HP is notorious for the amount of bloatware they throw on their computers.
I haven't heard that many complaints from the Alienware camp about a bloatware issue though....
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After owning 2 HP laptops, i am not surprised at this at all.
    
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That's why, when i buy a laptop, the first action is to boot my w7 cd and choose format! ehehehe

Buy yeah, my mom has a HP laptop ... and damn ... i spent 30 minutes or so uninstalling useless software...
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First thing I do when I get a new laptop is to format it and reinstall Windows 7. Hate hate hate bloatware. Especially Norton.
post #7 of 24
I had enough useless bloatware on my netbook - I can't imagine how much garbage they must shovel onto an HP to suck away 90% of the CPU.

The bloat is nuts, because I still have one piece of garbage that I can't seem to get rid of. Everytime I try to uninstall it, it reinstalls itself. Most of the rest is gone, like the cheezy fake MS Office crippleware, and a bunch of other useless garbage. I bet it would take a good ten hours of straight work to clear off the bloat on an HP and install decent, usable stuff...
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Man I love Dell. My Studio XPS 16 came with zero bloat aside from their Dell Support Center, which is actually very useful. They allow you to chose if you want security stuff installed on their high end laptops or not. I just called after ordering on the site, told them install nothing but the drivers and the OS and they were happy to oblige.
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I installed win 7 on my moms hp because of the bull****
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This is the one thing that I left on my GF's laptop. Based on the article, it's useless, so I may just remove it.

But this thread is ironic for the fact that I noticed this yesterday while using her laptop. I was watching a Youtube video and it was freezing up when a week earlier I had been watching Netflix Instant in HD perfectly fine. But albeit, I look at the processes and see this WMI process spiking between 50-90% CPU usage.

Thanks for the article, frick!
 
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