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Dell Vista Laptop Reformat and Bloatware Removal Guide

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  1. Les

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    Dell Vista Laptop Reformat and Bloatware Removal Guide

    by Les Tokar

    ~~~Introduction~~~

    This guide is intended for use on Dell systems which contain Dell MediaDirect and the Vista Operating system. It has been put together through a consumer need to reformat Dell systems as simply as possible and to remove the vast amount of bloatware contained on newly received Dell laptops. Unfamiliar to most, newly received laptops, not only contain an unnecessary amount of useless programs but also, contain unneeded alternate language files as well as registry entries created to serve the benefit of Dell and not necessarily the user. This 'bloatware' will, not only serve to slow your system a great deal, but also take up needed and valuable space.

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    At the end of this guide, you will find a link to another popular article entitled 'Top Vista Tips and Tweaks Guide', this article being recognized as one of the leading tweaking articles available on the internet.

    The combination of both threads will result in a blazing fast laptop that will amaze you!

    The change in your startup and shutdown times alone will attest as to the success that can be had.

    ~~~Instructions~~~

    NOTE: Please follow these word for word and, should you encounter a problem, review the steps. 99% of problems experienced are a result of someone not reading this carefully and fixed only after a certain step is brought to their attention.

    AHCI Concerns: On new Dell systems, they are set up to run in AHCI mode which will give you a 15% system performance boost. In many instances, the AHCI driver MUST be installed during the initial installation process for the installation to work. Those not installing it are finding that their system may BSOD or hang during the installation and saying "Completing Installation Process". One must find the driver specific to their system either on the drivers disk that came with their laptop or at www.Dell.com in the drivers section. Download and expand it to a USB drive or disk; the USB is prefered but it is important that you expand it on the media you just saved it to. Once done, put it aside for now.

    UPDATE: If your more the visual type, Bamaster has put together a photogallery of the steps on Pg 130, Post 1291 here!!! He has put alot of work...and I mean ALOT of work into this. Don't be afraid to show him your appreciation by throwing him a rep on his post (scales bottom left) Great job Bamaster!!!
    1. Place MediaDirect 3.3 in drive;
    2. Restart/Hit F12 at initial screen/One time boot/Boot Dvd;
    3. Follow instructions to change your partitions. This will delete everything. (Note, I got my system to accept two partitions which are the 3Gb MediaDirect partition and the main partition but sometimes you will have no choice but to go with 3;
    4. When it says, remove MD3 disk and replace with your Vista disk;
    5. Restart/hit F12 at initial screen/one time boot/Boot DVD;
    6. When "press any key when ready" comes up make sure you press this right away. On mine, if you dont in the first few seconds there will be no reaction;
    7. Follow the instructions/select complete install and, in the select partition screen, click bottom left to install the AHCI driver, insert the driver medium and direct it to the file which will say AHCI. There may be two files identified, ensure you select the AHCI driver. Once you have completed installing the driver, select correct partition to install Vista on;
    8. On completion and windows is running, reinsert MediaDirect 3;
    9. Run "DellKit" and press enter to complete installation of MediaDirect;
    10. Change disk to your 'Drivers and Utilities' Disk and install 'Dell Resource Application;
    11. Let it open and press extract for all that are checked. Install them. (note: Dont reboot after each installation of appropriate driver or it will take forever.);
    12. Look at the unchecked drivers carefully. NOTE: There are a few that may be unchecked that are on your system. For example, my fingerprint reader doesnt come up checked as well as Quikset but they are there; and
    13. Go to the Dell website/support/drivers and downloads and enter your service tag. Look for drivers that arent on your disk. I am aware that there are a few such as a DVD update.

    THAT SHOULD BE IT!!!! Now, I will concede that this is an enjoyable project if you arent scared and take your time. If your a real 'nut' like me, you will end up doing it several times until all works exactly as you want it. If something goes wrong, throw the MediaDirect disk back in and start over again!!!

    Good luck all and click on the scales bottom left of this article and leave me a note if this helped you along.!!

    AND PLEASE...make comment at the bottom of the post so it gets bumped to the top of the section for others to find.

    and last but not least... improve on what you have just done by now jumping into my Top Vista Tips and Tweaks Guide which contains the BEST tweaks available for your systems performance.!!!
     
  2. pb9997

    pb9997 Notebook Geek

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    Sounds a good and easy set of instructions - Well done.

    Added this link to my bookmarks - don`t rely in easily finding it here in the future ;)
     
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    jabbok Notebook Deity

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    This is good to know I will do this with my new system
     
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    eyelo Notebook Geek

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    should this work with inspirons too?
     
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    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    A moderator should make this a sticky so I can do this when I buy my M1330 next year.
     
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    D.S. Notebook Geek

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    Thanks for the thread!

    I'm still debating whether to uninstall what bloat I can or do a clean install - so, what can go wrong and how annoyingly wrong can it go?
     
  7. Les

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    Technically, nothing can go wrong because you cant hurt the hardware. You may just have to reinstall the disk and start the installation over if you run into any glitches which are pretty much uncommon.

    Your system requires no special hardware and will boot once it is bare and formatted from the Windows vista disk.
     
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    manu251125 Notebook Consultant

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    i just want to know if it will work with the 1720.thanks
     
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    It will work with any Dell laptop with Media direct. Its even simpler without. Just insert the OS disk and follow the directions
     
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    carlyman Newbie

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    What's the advantage of using the Media Direct CD?

    Why wouldnt I just want to reformat and use an actual copy of a Vista DVD then go to Dell Support and download drivers?
     
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    MediaDirect allows you to turn on your computer to use just that program to play dvds music or view pictures. It is a totally different OS that saves battery power.

    If you install vis any normal Vista DVD you still need to reinstall the drivers specific to your system. For instance I require drivers for Dell Wireless N, my NVidia graphics adapter, bluetooth, soundblaster and so on...these dont come on the Vista disk.
     
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    jwheeler91 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ya it makes sense and also i think u cannot be sure wat the best size extra partition to make to re-install mediaDirect and i think the Cd wud probs not waste too much space. of course i cud be wrong as i aint gt me laptop to try it yet. lol

    You shoud post this in Dell forum directly and make it more generic for Dell computers. Change your sig to make the name of this thread more obvious like: "Clean install instructions (get rid of your bloatware)
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    ppen1 Notebook Guru

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    Followed your instructions and my mediadirect now works after a clean reinstall. Many thanks!

    I'm still having a very slow boot problem. It seems to happen just after one of the windows update and I'm not sure which. After reinstallation before setting up the network settings for the internet, the system boots in under 1min 30 secs. After the OS installs all the updates, the reboot slows to a crawl to 3 mins 30 secs. Any of you guys experience this?
     
  14. Les

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    I would figure it out by another reinstal then install the updates one at a time to se which ne is responsible...

    It could be something as simple and unnecessary as quikset.

    Hey my 1000th post!!!! Im officially a NBR Geek!!!!!! hello this is Les Nesman with your Pork Report!! (sorry old show)
     
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    cliegal Notebook Evangelist

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    and now stay tuned for Johnny Fever here on W....K....R ...P!

    congrats, Flamenko!
     
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    i will have to try this when i get my system
     
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    Are all the necessary drivers for our system (m13330) found on the resource CD? I saw some posts saying you had to download the Intel Matrix Storage Driver and use a USB key. Are there any others that I need to download? I realize it's config dependent, but any ones i should know about, nVidia? Bluetooth?

    TIA!
     
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    All the necessary drivers are on the CD but remember...the web camera is a separate disk.

    The Dell site may have some upgrades but these will download in any case if you automatic updating is on.
     
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    How does one set drivers to search for and update automatically?
     
  20. Les

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    Your windows updates and certain drivers will update automatically.

    If you are signed up to be updated with the drivers section, they will send you an email stating that new drivers are available and listing the new drivers available.

    You should have a prob with just the disk though...in fact you wont. Ive reinstalled 4 or so times now.
     

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