Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

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  1. dfree86

    dfree86 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all - quick response here! I just the my new dv6tse and am in the process of removing all of the bloatware. My question: Can I happily/safely remove ALL of the HP Mediasmart stuff? I'm sure it's pretty bloaty, but what I'm wondering is whether that will leave me without a means of playing DVDs and with no drivers to use my webcam.

    Worth leaving it on there (I've ditched everything else) or should I can it? Thanks!

    P.S. I've looked at the Bloatware guide but can't tell how vital Mediasmart is.
     
  2. jbond311

    jbond311 Notebook Geek

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    You can remove it. Your webcam will still work, and Windows Media Player will still play DVDs.
     
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    abaddon4180 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Removing it would also get rid of the OSD for volume control.
     
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    metril Notebook Deity

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    The OSD for volume control causes fullscreen programs to minimize.
     
  5. dfree86

    dfree86 Notebook Enthusiast

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    What is the OSD for volume control? And does the above suggest that it's worth getting rid of Mediasmart because of this glitch?
     
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    The OSD is the volume bar that pops up when you change the volume. I kept it because I use external speakers anyway.
     
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    Texanman Master of all things Cake

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    Hey do you guys mean if the program is removed I can no longer use the keyboard to change volume or that the popup when u press it will be gone? Just bit confused is all....
     
  9. kobe882

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    so after uninstalling this what programs can i use to use all of the features i dont have? i know i can use windows media player for movies and stuff but how do i use my webcam then?
     
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    @ongy
    Just the popup will be gone.

    @kobe
    You would need to have a program that uses the webcam, like Skype or MSN Messenger.
     
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