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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.
First thing I do is make sure it works. Then it's time to install a Linux distro.
Unless I'm gaming...damn MS with it's deep pockets and Steam not having the balls to make the jump.
     
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I do computer repair and the vast majority of laptops that I repair are HPs.
    
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post #13 of 24
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First thing I do is make sure it works. Then it's time to install a Linux distro.
Unless I'm gaming...damn MS with it's deep pockets and Steam not having the balls to make the jump.
It's not really Valve's fault about Steam. It's the developers of the games. There just isn't really a market for non Windows games. Apple has a few, but the selection is horrid and tiny.
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As others have said, whenever I or someone I know purchases a new laptop I wipe it clean the moment I can. I've seen HP and how they work, nasty little people with their bloatware and just installing their printers from CD (which I suggest not doing) usually gets you numerous more programs than necessary even if you do a custom install and "choose" what you want. They love to sneak anything and everything they can in and beat up on that CPU. I'd say always reformat a new laptop, you never are losing anything because normally anything installed on there is just a trial (trial Office, anti-virus, etc. come on! give me the real thing if you're going to load up my new laptop with all your other crap). Glad they are getting burned on this and other companies probably could as well.
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post #15 of 24
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I do computer repair and the vast majority of laptops that I repair are HPs.
This

I am an IT consultant for my University and you don't how many you will stumbled upon a broken HP laptop.
post #16 of 24
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After owning 2 HP laptops, i am not surprised at this at all.
Yeah, and on top of that, HP driver support is non-existent. Then again, many of their drivers other than their native laptop functions like Fn controls and volume controls can be found on the respecting hardware's website.
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post #17 of 24
And that's why every laptop that comes across my desk (I'm a one-man IT department at my company) gets a fresh Windows 7 image installed as soon as it's out of the box The amount of bloat on HP laptops -- even the professional/business ones -- is staggering.
post #18 of 24
for me it was easy to get around this:

step 1: uninstall windows.

step 2: install Linux.

Then, reap the benefits. I would also say that most laptop companies do this now with adding a lot of crap to their products that isn't needed. I think totally erasing the windows side and then installing Linux is the best option since, you can cannot fully uninstall the bloatware in Windows without leaving traces.

If you cannot or don't want to install Linux best bet is wipe drive, and install Windows again from the dvd that comes with the lappy. This is of course if they don't skimp out and not give you a livedvd.
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post #19 of 24
Hp failed. I love how they only put this on their consumer grade laptops though, the buisness class ones are almost always clean except for Norton.

Edit: Guess all the new ones have bloatware too...
Computers aren't made like they're used to.
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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
High end? lol sure mobile 260m's and a core i7... but all on a POS Foxconn Mobo. I fix dell's for a living... there isnt much highend about them
     
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